How a Police Report can Help Your Car Accident Claim

Police reports are vital evidence when filing for a personal injury or car accident claim. They can be the key that can win a claim and provide the compensation that they need to cover for the damages caused by the accident, such as the medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and many others. Williams Kherkher states on its website that it is one of the first things to acquire after a car accident and when filing for a personal injury claim. However, what is a police report, and how can you get one?

Police reports are generated through investigation of the accident or incident after responding to scene after being requested. It is a summary of all the information related to the car accident, containing both the relevant facts pertaining to the accident as well as the responding officer’s opinion regarding the accident. You can acquire a police report in two ways. First is by requesting a copy from the local law enforcement office that drafted the said police report. It is protocol for the investigating officer to provide you with the receipt containing the ID number of the police report, and you have to pay an administrative fee to obtain a copy of the said report. The other option is through your insurance company: check to see if they have requested a copy of the report and ask them for a copy. They may not always have a copy of the report, but if they do, you don’t have to pay for some fee to get your own copy.

Police reports are the first things that insurance companies look into when investigating a claim because police reports contain important information related to the car accident. Although it may not be enough evidence of the accident, police reports are still significant when settling a personal injury claims. Depending on the state you had the accident or filed your personal injury claim, police reports can be viewed as either strong evidence or “hearsay” evidence. Regardless, the importance of police reports is still strong in a personal injury claim.

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Slip and Fall Accidents

Premises liability is an area of law that governs the liability of accidents that happen on residential or commercial property. When you are invited onto the property of another person, your safety is legally preserved. Property owners have the responsibility to offer a safe and well-kept home to ensure the safety of others. This is to protect people from entering dangerous or potentially fatal situations that leave them with significant medical expenses and other financial burdens.

One of the most common types of premises liability accidents are slip and fall accidents. These generally occur when a slippery substance, such as water, is negligently left for a person to slip on. Slip and fall accidents are so common due to the number of ways in which they can happen. Unsafe property conditions that may yield a slip and fall accident may include uneven flooring, patches of ice, torn carpet, and tripping hazards.

According to the website of the Hankey Law Office, proving a slip and fall case can be difficult due to the two acts of negligence a person must show. First, a property owner must have been aware of the danger on his or her property. Second, the property owner must have had time to remedy the problem before an accident occurred from it. As difficult as it might sound to prove, these factors are often simple to prove with the help of an experienced personal injury attorney.

If you were injured due to negligence in a slip and fall accident, you may be eligible for compensation from the property owner that caused your injuries. You should not be responsible for the financial strain of footing medical bills from an injury you did not cause.

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Dog Bites in California

The state of California follows the strict liability rule when it comes to dog bites. This means that the owner will be held strictly liable for any injury that their dog may cause starting from the moment the ownership begun. Exemptions may be given when the attack was (1) provoked, (2) during a trespassing situation, (3) during a compensated service involving the dog, and (4) while on the job and bitten by their employer. In an event of a dog bite, the victim has no duty to show negligence or other factors in order to file a personal injury claim.

The dog bite law is generally known as the California Civil Code Section 3342. This law makes the pet owner liable when their dog bites another person, and it occurred in a public place or legally in a private place. However, in order for the law to be effective, the injury has to specifically be from a dog bite, and not from other dog behaviors such as scratching. A severe bit injury is defined by the law as any physical injury that caused muscle tears or disfiguring cuts or those that require sutures or corrective cosmetic surgery.

Because California follows the “strict liability” rule regarding dog bites, regardless of whether the dog has bit before or the owner’s awareness of their dog’s tendencies to bite, they will have to take responsibility for the damages that their pet has caused. Although evidence of negligence is not necessarily required, the victim should still prove that the injury was from a bite and not from other factors. There are defenses that the dog owner can use, the most common being “trespassing.” The website of Seegmiller Lawyers says that anyone who commits trespassing does not have rights for compensation, along with those who have been bitten by on-the-job police or military dogs or when provoked.

The main role of the law is to avoid dogs being a danger to the community. Through the law, the burden of responsibility for the dog is put upon those who choose to take care of dogs. It is therefore place upon the dog owner to be vigilant regarding their dog’s tendencies to bite people. Furthermore, the law helps reduce any conflicts that could follow a dog attack.

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Examining Items Before Purchase

Not everything is exactly what it seems, and this can translate to a more literal sense when you’re buying something. When you buy, say, clothes from a retail store – the more efficient shopper will look for signs of wear and tear of the fabric, see the make and (if they are skilled enough) be able to tell the quality of the stitching by sight. This is so that the buyer can know exactly what they are getting with their money, to see if this hypothetical piece of clothing is worth the price it is being sold for. If it is that level of efficiency and care that is taken in order to be careful and wary for clothing, the knowledge that you must have before purchasing a legitimate home is leagues more complicated than that.

Unlike clothes, the dangers that a home might present could be as blatantly obvious. You may have heard of the adage that goes along the lines of “the walls have ears”; but the walls could very well hide things just the same. When buying a home, there is no fault in being pedantic in order to be properly sure that the house is situated in a good neighborhood with pleasant surroundings and that the structure itself was built upon steady enough foundations. If there are hazards at play – such as a likelihood of flash floods, fires, or earthquakes – the buyer needs to be made aware of these circumstances and this is legally required from sellers in the form of a natural hazard disclosure.

These are documents that are publicly available for a certain price, yes, though not all sellers are reputable or can be relied upon to give sufficient warnings of the house. After all, anything can be found and forged these days that you must practice diligence of your own in order to not be duped or scammed into purchasing a house that may have more dangers than you signed up for. There have even been some statements that have said that natural hazard disclosure reports have been able to save prospective buyers from having to hand out hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs and decontamination fees.

The damages may be, as they say, skin deep – and there are certain things you must look for, before making a grand decision such as purchasing a house.

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Bayou Corne Sinkhole: A Continuous Cause of Danger

On August 3, 2012, a sinkhole was discovered in northern Assumption Parish in Louisiana, which resulted to the evacuation of about 350 residents living nearby. The sinkhole, named the Bayou Corne, resulted from an underground salt dome cavern that suddenly collapsed.

The site of the collapse, known as Napoleonville Dome, is owned by Occidental Chemical Corporation and is under lease to Texas Brine Co., a petrochemical company that specializes in injection mining. On August 2013 the sinkhole was found to have expanded to 25 acres (10 ha), from just 15 acres (6.1 ha) in May of the same year.

Residents have already been forced to evacuate their homes, without any clue as to when things will be resolved. Despite the $875 a week that Texas Brine Co. has been paying them, affected residents have decided to file a class action lawsuit against the involved companies for all the harm and danger which the situation continues to cause them.

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What Exactly is the Obagi Blue Peel?

Everyone wants smooth, blemish-free skin, but for most people that is a thing of the past, back when one was very young. As one ages and the skin gets exposed to the elements, signs of wear and tear will inevitably emerge, most especially on the face. To counteract the worst of these signs, many people turn to skin treatments such as the Obagi Blue Peel.

The Obagi Blue Peel is a product developed by Obagi Medical Products, Inc. for in-clinic use. It is essentially a chemical peel which must be administered by a dermatologist, and can be used not only on the face, but most areas of the body. Obagi Blue Peel may be used to remove blemishes and treat acne as well as encourage the development of new skin cells by removing old, damaged ones.

The primary component of Obagi Blue Peel is 15% to 20% trichloroacetic acid (TCA), which acts on damaged cells. The blue component is tinted Glycerine, which serves as a guide for the physician in controlling the depth and evenness of the application. It is applied in layers and the procedure may take about 15 minutes, depending on the necessary number of layers. A slight bluish tinge will remain on the skin after treatment which will fade within 24 hours.

A slight burning sometimes painful sensation may be experienced by the patient, but this can be alleviated by an analgesic taken prior to the procedure and cool packs applied to the treated area after the procedure. It may take one to three sessions to achieve the desired results spaced at 8 week intervals. The Obagi Blue Peel is a medium penetration chemical peel, so it is used for serious skin blemishes. Incorrect use of the product can lead to serious skin damage. The skin will begin to peel after three days and may take up to 10 days before the skin is fully healed. For best results, after-care instructions should be closely followed.

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Choosing a Hairstyle

Women want to have great hair; that’s the truth. Choosing the right hairstyle, therefore, it something that is important in order to make an impact and to feel good. Soft, beach waves may look good on some women, but won’t give much appeal to others. There are many factors that can come into play when choosing a hairstyle: texture, face shape, and facial features play a part in getting the right hairstyle. Making sure your hairstyle fits you is the best way to make heads turn.

First thing is to determine your face shape: round, oval, diamond, long, oval-shaped, heart-shaped, triangular, and square. It is essential to find cuts that compliment the shape of your face. Next, understand the texture of your hair. Having fine hair may prevent you from having blunt bangs, and people with frizzy and course hair may require long lengths to avoid frizz and to weight it down.

The right hairstyle can help in enhancing your favorite features, such as a long neck or beautiful eyes. Choosing the right cut that compliments your features can make you feel confident and good about yourself. Along this line, hair can also help in hiding certain flaws. Also, you should consider how much time and effort you are willing to give to maintain the hairstyle: trimming, blow-drying, and regular haircuts should all be considered if you want to keep your hair in a certain style.

Adding some color or highlights can help in giving hair more oomph, but this can be optional. If you are uneasy with a certain style or would like to try a new one, asking or consulting a hair stylist would be the best way to get professional advice. With the help of a trusted hair stylist, choosing a new style may seem less stressful and more fulfilling. Looking at other people’s hairstyle for inspiration can also inspire you to try a new hairstyle, and above all, make sure your hairstyle is maintainable and does not take too much of your time.

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Factors affecting Permanent Alimony Payments

Alimony, also known as spousal support or spousal maintenance, depending on circumstances, is an aspect of divorce that is often referred to in satires because it generates a quasi-comical response in American audiences. It is something that many people vaguely believe is forever. It may happen that one spouse may agree to continue to support the other spouse for an agreed period of time in a divorce settlement, which would make it spousal support. Otherwise, alimony may be ordered by the court, which would make it spousal maintenance. The trend nowadays, however, is for the courts to award no alimony, or to grant it on a limited basis if it is so warranted.

In Texas, there are two kinds of alimony: temporary and permanent. According to an article found on the website of Woodlands-based law firm BB Law Group PLLC, temporary alimony may be awarded to one spouse while the divorce is ongoing if there is a significant disparity in the financial resources of the spouses, and the requesting spouse can provide proof of necessity. This is to provide the requesting spouse time to adjust to a changed standard of living. Once the divorce is finalized, the temporary alimony ceases.

In some cases, even after the divorce is finalized, the court may order the more affluent spouse to pay spousal maintenance if one of the following factors applies:

  • Conviction of the paying spouse of domestic violence within a two-year period from the date the divorce was first filed
  • The marriage lasted at least 10 years and the requesting spouse does not have the resources to adequately meet basic needs and has custody of a dependent child who needs constant supervision
  • The marriage lasted at least 10 years and the requesting spouse does not have the resources to adequately meet basic needs or the capacity for gainful employment due to lack of employable skills
  • The marriage lasted at least 10 years and the requesting spouse does not have the resources to adequately meet basic needs or the capacity for gainful employment due to a qualified disability
  • The marriage lasted at least 10 years and the requesting spouse has custody of a disabled child

When the requesting spouse qualifies under any of these factors, permanent alimony may be granted. However, except for the last two cases, the payment period will not exceed three years. Under the last scenario, the requesting spouse may be eligible to receive alimony for up to 10 years, depending on the length of the marriage and the duration of the disability.

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Erb’s Palsy and Negligence in Birth Injuries

It may seem inconceivable that a birth injury can still occur in this day and age of modern science and technology, but unfortunately, it does. Statistics indicate that on average 3 newborns sustain some type of birth injury an hour in the US. That’s about 7 for every 1,000 births. Not all of these can be attributed to medical malpractice; being born is an inherently traumatic experience and sometimes it can result in injury, even death. However, some injuries lend themselves more to an interpretation of negligence. One such birth injury is Brachial Plexus Nerve Palsy, otherwise known as Erb’s palsy.

Erb’s palsy is a physical injury to the baby that can only occur during normal delivery. The injury centers on the brachial plexus, a group of nerves located in the area of the neck. Functionally, the brachial plexus has control over hand and arm movements. Injury to these nerves can lead to some numbness and weakness in one arm. Depending on the extent of the physical trauma, Erb’s palsy may also result in total or partial use of one arm temporarily or permanently.

The trauma occurs when the delivery has some complications such as breech birth, abnormally long labor, or a proportionally too-large baby. The website of The Driscoll Firm lists the causes of trauma to include excessive pressure exerted on the shoulder which may stretch the neck too much; alternatively, the injury could be caused by the incorrect use of forceps, which is used to assist delivery. Either way, such an injury may be considered medical malpractice, and may render the delivering physician liable in a personal injury claim.

In most cases, the effects of Erb’s palsy resolve on its own without any treatment within 3 months, but not always. If you or a family member has a child who suffers from Erb’s palsy, and believe it occurred because of negligence on the part of the physician or the hospital staff, than you may be able to get some compensation for it to help in treatment and management of the injury. Consult with an Erb’s palsy lawyer in the area today and find out more.

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Construction Accidents

One would say with little thought that construction accidents are to be expected considering the nature of the work, and it is true that there is a certain element of unavoidable risk. However, there are cases when injury or death could have been avoided if the proper safety rules, regulations and equipment had been observed.

Recent construction accidents that occurred in different parts of the US range from equipment malfunction to falling objects. In the case of the New York City mishap, the crane stopped working in the middle of lifting a 13,500 pound slab of concrete 30 storeys directly above the street. In Oregon, a crane is again involved but this time, its load of trusses shifted, and fell inside the building, crushing one worker and injuring three others, one of whom was in critical condition. In San Francisco, accidents are plaguing the work crew at the Levi Stadium construction site, so far leaving two dead.

Most construction accidents may be considered a safety issue, and a significant number may be construed as resulting from negligence. In the New York case, investigations may reveal a lack of proper maintenance that led to malfunction. If you have been injured in New York due to a machine malfunction at a construction site, a New York construction site attorney may be able to help you recover compensation in your case. Improper securing of the trusses could be the reason for the Oregon incident, while the deaths in San Francisco may be due to improper safety training of the workers.

In other words, as pointed out in an article on the Hach & Rose, LLP website, many of these incidents constitute an unsafe workplace environment. It is mandated by law that employers have a duty of care to provide their workers with a reasonably safe environment to work in. And because the construction industry is risky, employers need to be more conscientious than, say, an office manager. Failure to fulfill this duty may render the employer liable for personal injury claims. If you live in the East Texas area and are a victim to an unsafe work environment, contact a Fort Worth Personal Injury Lawyer today to learn more about your legal options.

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