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Rules to Follow as a Juror

As a citizen you reap the many benefits that accompany citizenship. Once summoned to the court to serve as a juror you are given the opportunity to fulfill your civic duty. Serving as a juror is a privilege that one should honor and complete to the best of ones ability. Abiding by the set rules and meeting expectations are excellent ways to ensure you have completed your civic obligation.

How to Avoid Auto Theft

Auto theft is a serious issue and there are many ways to reduce the chances of auto theftfor you and your loved ones. The US auto theft statistics are frightening. According to the FBI an "automobile is stolen every 44 seconds" in the United States. The top motor vehicle brands, which are prime jewels for car thieves, are Honda's, Chevy's, then Fords. Trucks are particularity attractive for thieves because of the truck bed. Many owners carelessly place expensive items such as tools for work in the bed of their truck. To become a victim of auto theft is as easy as leaving your truck running alone for a few seconds while running into the store to grab a quick drink.

Ways to Manage Your Probation

You have been convicted of a crime, attended court, and now you are on probation. So what happens now? Being on probation is a very serious situation that requires you to adhere to certain rules and regulations. Failure to follow these conditions can lead to unpleasant consequences. Managing your time on probation can be easier if you follow the following tips:

What to Do in Rental Car Crashes

Rental car crashes can almost be more stressful than crashes occurring in your own vehicle-what are the proper steps to take and how do you know whether or not you will be responsible for damages to the car? Consider the practical advice to prepare for the worst and think about the legal ramifications. When you are involved in a rental car crash, you might have to deal with the rental agency, insurance company, and the other party on the same day. Not to worry, however: this handy guide tells you where to start.

Slips and Fall Accidents in Nursing Homes

Posted By Kyle Law Firm || 16-Jan-2015

Each year, nursing homes from all over the world have the highest number of reportedslip and fall cases. Out of the falls reported every year, a majority of these cases concerning elderly people lead to death. Those who survived death encounter serious injuries, which create a negative impact on their overall quality of life. There are an extreme number of risk factors for slip and fall accidents in the nursing home environment. Here are the top five risk factors for nursing home slip and fall accidents as of today:

Help! My Workers' Compensation Was Denied

Worker's compensation is an insurance package offered by many employers to protect employees if they get injured while on the job. Most larger companies provide this protection for their employees throughout the duration of their employment. Workers' compensation exists to protect businesses from being sued because they offer to protect employees and reimburse them for medical fees and lost wages. However, sometimes workplace lawsuits do occur. Often these are the result of denials of workers' compensation claims. If you make a claim through your company's compensation plan and fail to get approved, there are a few steps you can take to get an appeal to go through, without having to file a lawsuit.

What is the Difference Between Comparative and Contributory Negligence?

Many lawsuits involving personal injury are sought on the grounds ofnegligence-that the party at fault could have prevented the accident by acting in a reasonable manner. In many cases, the fault is often shared between the person who was injured and the person on the receiving end of the lawsuit. The blame does not have to be split evenly, and there are few methods and considerations when determining fault.

What is Deferred Adjudication?

Posted By Kyle Law Firm || 12-Jan-2015

If you are ever convicted of a crime, it can be terrifying to think of the potential after-effects of sentencing. For example, how will you be able to get a job or rent an apartment with a criminal history? Will people look at you differently? Unfortunately, a criminal record can be a deterrent in this day and age.

The Basic Types of Product Liability

When an individual uses and is harmed by an unsafe product, it might be possibility to claim product liability as a reason for filing a lawsuit against the producer or store that willingly sold you the product. Product liability is mostly related to defects in the product that render it unsafe for common use. These usually occur when a product is improperly assembled as a result of negligence (either in design or upon production), or external factors that were employed in the creation of the product.

Type of Compensation Available in Slip and Fall Accidents

If you've suffered as the result of a slip and fall accident and are seeking compensation for your injuries from the property owner or responsible party, it's important to know why you might be receiving certain parts of your settlement and for what areas you are currently uncompensated. In addition to hospital and medical bills that seem most obvious, there are many ways to request compensation through facets like loss of enjoyment, pain and suffering, and even mental anguish. Find out more about these venues here.

Can You Sue Gyms for Injuries?

More and more people are getting their workouts through extreme sports clubs or gyms like CrossFit, which is increasingly popular among fans of high-intensity workouts. There is also a high level of risk associated with CrossFit such as overuse of muscles. In fact, there is a current study into the lawsuits filed against CrossFit owners whose members have suffered injuries. But with any workout, if you have suffered an injury as the result of a particular gym or activity, can you file a lawsuit?

Getting Your Record Expunged: How and Why

For those with a criminal record, it can sometimes be difficult to rewrite history. Some employers still ask criminals to check a box saying they have a prior conviction, and are thus unlikely to be hired. Landlords might even discriminate on this basis, by refusing to rent an apartment out. A criminal record for even a small offense can be distressing and hinder your chances of moving on. In some cases for the lucky few, an option called "expungement" may be available.

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