Auto Injury Accident Compensation

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Legal Help 2 | 15 comments

Most road traffic accident compensation involves two drivers, with a driver or passenger from the one vehicle seeking compensation from the driver of the second vehicle. Based on evidence that the accident was caused through negligence. The road traffic accident compensation claim will lead to legal proceedings that will involve the driver and possibly, passengers of both vehicles claiming injury as a result of the negligent driving on one the parties behalf . Typically, legal proceedings due to poor road design, will be against a local council. This can be on the basis that they to have failed to install proper signs maintained proper design or maintain a A road, high street or motorway. A road traffic accident compensation claim may also include a product liability claim lodged toward the manufacturer of a car or car part, claiming design or manufacturing defect which lead to the accident. Also, if a car mechanic or garage left a car in an unsafe condition, liability may fall within their responsibility. Unique situations can often arise in a road traffic accident compensation claim which make the legal proceedings more difficult. All parties involved may be liable for potential injuries and this will be considered during the course of any legal proceeding. Various issues that can arise from the accident itself include: Leaving the scene of an accident: Is not so uncommon in the UK where the driver who causes an accident fails to stop at the place of the accident. This will make it difficult for the injured party involved make a positive ID and therefore bring the driver to court. Pedestrians and Road Accidents: In such situations, a member of the public can suffer serious injuries as a result of a collision with a vehicle. Often time the conduct of the pedestrian is called into question making it difficult to make a claim against the driver. Motorbike & Car Accidents: Motorcyclists are very much at risk in regards to personal injury when involved in a road traffic accident, even in collisions which would be relatively minor had they occurred between cars. Due to the nature of some motorcyclists, it may be prove difficult to obtain a far hearing from a jury as they’re commonly deemed ‘wreckless’ road users even if the other party is clearly at fault. Bicyclists & Car Accidents: Bicyclists are among the most vulnerable road users. They are more likely to sustain serious injury when hit by cars or other vehicles. Various hazards such as doors opening in front of them are obvious causes of collisions as well as many others. Cyclists are often caught in the drivers blind spot and they often report that they did not see the bicyclist until it was too late. Buses & Car Accidents: Bus accidents can also be quite serious. Due to the sheer size, passengers carried, a collision with a bus will not only see other road users worst off, but unmanaged passengers can also add to the already heated mix of a road accident. Any road traffic accident compensation claim will also be taken up with the operator of the bus not just the driver. Unsafe road conditions: Where things like road debris and poor, uneven road surfaces abound, accidents can be common place. Whether this is in the form...

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Legal Help – Getting a Green Card

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Legal Help 3 | 1 comment

You must be aware that if you want to become a US green card holder, you will have to spend a lot of your money and time. Foreign citizens who want be a US citizen should be prepared for this and if you want to make the process a lot smoother, you should seek the necessary legal help. Because of the stringent policies in the US when it comes to acquiring green cards, many foreign citizens are illegally residing in many different states. According to some critics, the system being used by the US should be made simpler but since you’re the applicant for the green card, you should follow their rules. Before the green card was colored green but at present, it is already white colored with green printings; the card is valid for 10 years and a foreign citizen can get it when their employer or relative petitions them. By seeking the needed legal help, you will be able to go through with the various steps smoothly. Start looking for lawyers who are specializing in green card cases. Once you find a reputable lawyer, you can already follow the three steps. Step #1 The USCIS (US Citizenship & Immigration Service) is the agency that issues green cards to foreign citizens. You will need to submit all the pertinent paperwork to this agency and their staff will review your papers. After that, the agency will determine if your papers will be approved or not. Step #2 After the decision of the USCIS is given, the paperwork will be forwarded to NVC (National Visa Center). Your green card petition will need to wait until there is already an available visa number. Every year, limited visa numbers are released; so don’t expect for an immediate visa number. Step #3 Once a visa number is given to your petition, it will be forwarded to the US embassy which is based in your home country. As you can see, the three steps may sound simple and easy but it’s not as simple as you think. There’ll be lots of paperwork and the whole process is quite time consuming. You have to devote a lot of your time in preparing the necessary paperwork and not only that, you will also spend a lot of money. If you want to prepare all the necessary paperwork without any problems, you should seek legal help. Find a reputable lawyer now who has past experiences in handling green card matters. Due to the extensive paperwork, you will need a guide all throughout the process. Private lawyers can cost a lot in the long run and you should be prepared for such expenses. However, if you have a personal lawyer, you can be sure that all the paperwork is accurate and there’ll be less room for mistakes. That way, the papers will be immediately processed in the concerned agency. Having complete and accurate paperwork will make it easier for the concerned agencies to process the green card petition. Hire a lawyer who knows a lot about green card petitions. You can ask referrals from friends and relatives or you can also do a quick search online for reputable and experienced lawyers in your area. This is one sure way of getting your green card petition approved in less...

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What Is A Judgment Lien?

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Legal Help 2 | 1 comment

A judgement lien is a court ordered lien that is placed against the home or property when the homeowner simply fails to pay a debt. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but when the homeowner has a judgement lien against his or her home and wants to sell it, the judgement lien has to be paid in full before the home or property can be sold. judgement liens can be placed against the property for a variety of reasons such as unpaid credit card bills, utility bills, department store bills, landscaping or home improvement bills, and just about any bill that the homeowner has failed to pay in a reasonable amount of time. Any bill that can cause one to end up in court can result in a judgement lien. A judgement lien is different than a trust, in that the judgement lien holder cannot foreclose on the home or the property as trust holder can. judgement lien holders can demand payment, but ultimately they must wait for the homeowner to sell the property before they can expect to be paid the money that they are owed according to the judgement. Luckily for the judgement lien holder, the court will typically assign an interest rate to these liens so that the lien holder is compensated for their waiting as the interest will continue to accrue until the debt is paid in full. Because the majority of people will live in their home for quite some time, the interest can make a judgement lien grow, and grow, and grow over the years so that it is quite large. Imagine what a lien of just $3,000 would grow to over the years if the interest rate were 15% annually and that would be an even bigger amount if the debt were $5,000 or $10,000! Of course, judgement liens require court action. A creditor will take the homeowner to court where the judge will determine if the homeowner does in fact owe the creditor any money. If the court decides that the creditor is owed the money, and the homeowner will not or cannot make payment, the judge will order that a judgement lien be placed against the property. The judgement lien will then be entered into land records offices for the city or county so that the home cannot be sold without repayment of the debt. Once the lien is filed with the land records office, the judgement lien is said to be attached to the property, meaning that it cannot legally be sold without paying off that lien. If the judgement lien is not listed at the land records office, then it means that the debt or lien is not legally attached to the property and does not need to be paid off to sell the home. A home or property can have numerous liens against it, which may present a problem when the home is to be sold. Fortunately, the law says that liens will be paid off in the order that they were attached to the property, meaning the first lien will be paid first, the second will be paid second, and so on. This is a law that was basically developed for when a home is foreclosed on. If a foreclosed home is auctioned it will...

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Legal Help and Domestic Violence

Posted by on Jan 22, 2015 in Legal Help 3 | 2 comments

Did you know that many people suffer from domestic violence? Survivors of domestic violence often complain about essential hypertension, migraines, insomnia, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, excessive fatigue, and many others. If you’re a victim of domestic violence, you need to seek legal help at once. The body is designed to react with threats coming from the surroundings. You can either fight against the threat or you shy away from it. Individuals react differently when they are threatened and if you’re a victim of domestic violence, you can seek the proper legal help so that you will know what to do. If you don’t face this problem, you will end up with the conditions mentioned earlier and you will be under chronic stress. This is not an ideal situation and by opening yourself to professional and expert legal help, you will know what to do. Firstly, you need to report your situation to the concerned agencies; that way, you will receive appropriate assistance. Lots of individuals don’t want to report their situation because they are scared but if you’re one of them, you should not have second thoughts in fighting against domestic violence. You can start searching through the list of lawyers in the directory. Just ensure that you’re looking in the right list. You see, lawyers have different specializations. In your case, you have to look for a lawyer that specializes in domestic violence. If you can’t afford to hire a personal lawyer, you can check with charitable organizations in your local area that can help you in locating pro bono attorneys or lawyers. When you say pro bono, the services of the lawyers are given for free. The charitable organizations can help you with your case. Once you have a pro bono lawyer, you and your lawyer can now start handling the domestic violence case. You need to provide all the required details related to the case to your lawyer. Don’t try to hide even the smallest detail because this can affect the case in the future. You and your lawyer should trust each other. You should be honest at all times. Once you’ve developed trust for your lawyer, you will be more comfortable in his or her presence. The lawyer can also give you some advice or may be able to refer you to some counseling services. You see, victims of domestic violence can be terribly affected especially their personal lives. Some victims find it hard to recover from the pains and hurtful memories of domestic violence. Through counseling services, the victims can adjust to their new life and learn to move on. After some time, they will be able to live normal lives again without having any feelings of insecurity, anxiety, or depression. Domestic violence is not new especially in today’s modern times. Victims are encouraged to speak out and seek the necessary legal help. Whether you’re rich or poor, you should not hesitate to seek legal help if you’re a victim of domestic violence. Let the person responsible for your sufferings pay for everything. You can get your personal lawyer or you can ask help from charitable organizations to provide you with a pro bono lawyer. This is your ticket to start a new life. Be strong and don’t loose hope. You’re not alone in...

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The Police Want to Speak With Me – What Should I Do?

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 in Legal Help 3 | 1 comment

Have you ever stopped to consider what you would do if you were suddenly faced with the prospect of getting arrested and being asked by the police to speak to them? Most of my law abiding clients never consider such circumstances since they do not foresee the possibility of ever having problems with the law. Unfortunately, life is not predictable, and some of us may find ourselves in compromising positions where the police will attempt to speak with us. In this article I will provide you with useful information in the event the “unimaginable” happens and you are accused of committing a crime. As you will read, there are several reasons why it may be in your best interests not to speak with the police until you have first spoken with an attorney. THEIR CASE MAY NOT BE MADE WITHOUT YOUR STATEMENT: First of all, the police may not be able to make a case against you without your statement. It is a little known fact that obtaining a confession or incriminating statements from the accused is the number one tool law enforcement officers rely on in making their case. Approximately 70 percent of all criminal cases filed by the District Attorney’s office have sufficient evidence for filings, only because the accused made a statement to the police. Consequently, police officers are specially trained to illicit statements from people accused of crimes. They are sent to special schools where they receive training on how to use psychology and to employ tricks to get people to speak. And in case you didn’t know, it is perfectly within the law for police officers to use trickery or to tell lies in order to obtain a statement. LAW ENFORCEMENT ALWAYS WINS: When you are accused of a crime, giving your “side of the story” to the police is usually the wrong thing to do. As the popular former prosecutor and noted author – Vincent Bugliosi once wrote, getting a statement from the accused almost always favors the prosecution. Once the government has your version of the incident, you are pinned down as to certain facts, and the government will spend countless hours tearing your story apart. Prosecutors are taught to use defendant’s statements in trial, even when they are self serving, since the statements are usually more helpful to the government’s case than harmful. Thus, as the Miranda warnings state, “your statement can and will be used against you.” MIRANDA WARNINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS REQUIRED: Contrary to popular belief, the police are not required to give you the Miranda warnings prior to speaking with you in all situations. Miranda warnings are only required when the police have you in a “custodial” situation, i.e., when you are not free to leave. Therefore, there are many situations where the police can contact you and speak to you without having to give you the Miranda rights. For example, police officers frequently make telephone calls to people suspected of crimes and obtain voluntary statements without having to give Miranda warnings. Incidentally, these phone conversations are usually secretly tape recorded, which the police are authorized to do! Also, officers frequently ask people to drop by the station to give a statement, or they drop by your house to talk to you. So long as the Court finds...

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