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Cycling Collisions With Pedestrians: Reducing Your Risk And What To Do

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Riding your bike either on the road or sidewalk not only puts you at risk for colliding with a car, you could also end up colliding with pedestrians. Getting into an accident with a pedestrian can cause serious injuries to both yourself and the other person. As a cyclist, you are required to take reasonable precautions to avoid hitting anyone or anything. However, at the same time, the pedestrian also needs to do the same to avoid getting hit. If you have a cycling accident with a pedestrian, here are some steps you should take to protect yourself physically as well as legally. Assume pedestrians are going to be there You must look out for pedestrians anywhere you might expect them. For example, pedestrians have right of way on certain paths and sidewalks (cycling on the sidewalk may be illegal in some parts of certain cities), so you should expect them to be there and ride cautiously. It is also a good idea to assume that a pedestrian will jump out from in front of a parked car or step out of a door or gate. Use common sense It’s important to use common sense when it comes to weather conditions, your cycling ability and the condition of your bike. If you know your bike has worn brakes, then don’t go flying down a steep hill, for example. Don’t go speeding around corners on wet days with bald or slick tires. You may be legally responsible if you don’t take the normal precautions of an average person. Document your case If you find yourself in a collision with a pedestrian, then you will need to treat it the same as if you were in a car accident. Both you and the pedestrian should get off the road, if possible, and exchange information. If anyone is injured, call the police and an ambulance. Make sure you document everything, including taking pictures of the accident scene if you have a camera. Don’t try to determine who is at fault or assume who is more injured. Be sure to get a copy of the police report. If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in a cycling accident with a pedestrian, make sure you contact an attorney by clicking here. In these types of cases, either one of you could be considered liable. If you were being proactive about pedestrians, used common sense and documented your case, then it will be harder to prove that you were the cause of your accident and you may be more likely to get compensation if you were...

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Filing For Disability? Two Tips To Help You Get Approved

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Filing a disability claim may not be as cut-and-dried as you think it is.  Because you do deal with an issue that has been documented as a disability in the Social Security handbook, you may believe that it’s a clear conclusion that you’ll be able to receive a disability payment each month.  However, approximately 65 percent of disability claims are denied after the initial filing, and this is no small number.  That’s why it’s important to prepare before you file so that you can increase your chances of being approved.  Use this information to learn more about what you can do to help boost the odds of you getting the green light when you file for disability. Make Sure You Have Received Recent Medical Attention The first thing you should do when you’re looking to have your disability claim approved is make sure that you have received recent medical attention.  This is going to be very important when it’s time to submit your filing. Understand that you need medical proof to show that you’re dealing with an illness which is so severe that it renders you unable to work.  If you haven’t been going to the doctor, it’s going to be difficult to prove this just off of the strength of your word.  You’re going to need a professional medical write-up that lists just how your illness impacts your life and makes it impossible for you to be gainfully employed. If you haven’t been going to the doctor, avoid filing until you do.  You want to do everything in your power to keep from receiving that dreaded denial letter. Hire A Social Security Attorney The next thing you should do when you’re looking to up the odds of a disability approval is hire a social security attorney.  This could end up being the very thing that helps you get approved for disability on your first attempt. Social security attorneys have experience when it comes to what does and what doesn’t work as it pertains to getting disability.  They can work to make sure that your paperwork is filled out properly and that it includes all of the right verbiage so that your claim is coherent and highly persuasive. You have what it takes to get approved so that you can start receiving the disability payments that you need.  When you’re ready to file for disability, remember these tips so you can walk away with the right...

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I Don’t Surrender: Bankruptcy Exemptions And What You Can Keep

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Many filers get hung up on the big bankruptcy decision, and it’s easy to understand why. Not only is filing an admission of financial failure, but the consequences of the bankruptcy could mean that you suffer for years to come. You can build your credit back up, but the federal filing leaves a black mark on your credit report for many years. Those concerns, however, sometimes pale in comparison to losing your property. A chapter 7 bankruptcy is also known as a liquidation filing, for good reason. Read on to learn more about the saving grace of a chapter 7 bankruptcy filing, the exemption. Will you lose your home? This thought strikes fear in the hearts of all. Homes are not just brick and mortar; they stand for family and security. The mere possibility that you might end up having to surrender your home makes many bankruptcy filers put the decision off indefinitely. You should know that a bankruptcy filing may not automatically mean that you have to give up your home. It just means that you need to understand several key facts and how they work together to determine your exception. Each state allows you a homestead exemption, and the amount of the exemption can be deducted from the equity in your home. The equity is the value of your home minus how much you still owe on your mortgage. If you are filing jointly, you may get a double exemption in some states. Take the following scenario: Your home is valued at $250,000 and you still owe $210,000 on your mortgage. If your state allows you an exemption of at least $41,000, you will get to keep your home. The key fact to understand is that the bankruptcy courts would need to pay off your mortgage and then sell the home. Another consideration is the amount of your bankruptcy. If your debts are less than the value of the home, the bankruptcy trustee won’t bother with it. Will you lose your car? Just as the mortgage example above, you are likely much better off if you still owe quite a bit of money on your vehicle. In most states, your vehicles don’t get a separate exemption and it is instead lumped together with other personal property exemptions. Keep in mind that you also may have the option to reaffirm your debt and keep your car by purposely leaving that debt off the bankruptcy petition. Speak to your bankruptcy attorney if you wish to continue paying your car loan so that you can avoid surrendering it. Other miscellaneous property. Unless you have an extraordinary collection of fine art, furs, and jewelry, the bankruptcy trustee will take very little interest in your personal property. The goods would need to be sold, and used goods don’t normally hold a lot of value. To get more specific information about how exemptions work in your state, speak to a bankruptcy attorney from a firm such as Geranios Law...

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Grandparental Rights And Child Custody

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Grandchildren are always a joy and embody the spirit of “unconditional love”. Sometimes, however, that joyous relationship is tested. At some point, you may have to make the difficult decision to acknowledge that your grandchild needs to be in your legal care and custody. Grandparents seeking custody of their grandchild do have legal rights, so if you fear that your beloved grandchild needs more from you than love and hugs, read on. Why would a grandparent seek custody? Something has to go very wrong in your grandchild’s life for this issue to arise, such as one or more of following: 1. A parent or both parents are deceased. 2. A parent or both parents are incarcerated. 3. A parent or both parents are unfit in some manner. Unfit can cover a wide range of problems, such as alcohol and drug addiction, mental disorders, physical infirmities (coma, etc) and more. The best interest of the child. This overriding principle of the family court system works to ensure the most vulnerable members of our society are protected. It should be noted that the needs and desires of the parents, grandparents, and other interested parties is not a priority with the courts. Therefore, the needs of the child must dictate the actions of the court. The first two named issues above are often resolved fairly quickly, since the grandparents are seen as the “next best thing” to a biological parent. The third issue, however, is often more difficult to settle. Proving that a child’s parent is unfit can be an emotional and stressful experience, and often you may be facing a contentious court battle. Separating a child from their biological parent is a large undertaking, and you must be prepared to show irrefutable proof of a parent’s inability to be a good parent in order to get custody of that grandchild. What the judge looks for in a custodial grandparent. Once you have proven a parent unfit, you must still show the courts that you are capable of caring for your grandchild adequately. The judge will look at several factors, among them: The home environment. Is it safe, clean, healthy, nurturing, and loving? Your current relationship with your grandchild. Have you spent much time with your grandchild? Your health. Raising a child takes boundless energy and reliable health, so your relative good health will be evaluated. The child’s emotional life. Most children, except for perhaps the very youngest babies, will be impacted by being removed from a parent’s care. Even bad parents are still parents, and you must show that you are prepared to deal with this separation, such as making plans for counseling for the child. The attitude of the child. If they are old enough to express this, do they want to live with you? Be sure to seek the advice of a family law attorney during this process to help ensure that you do the right thing for your...

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How To Increase Your Odds Of Being Approved For Disability

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It can take a couple of months before you find out whether you are approved for disability. Therefore, you want to do everything you can in order to give yourself the best shot at an approval. Have An Attorney Help You With Your Forms At some point during the disability process, you may be asked to fill out a large packet of questions. There are so many questions that some people tend to find it a little bit overwhelming. Others have noticed that some of the questions seem to be asking for the same information, but just in another way. Basically, it can be tricky but it is imperative that you are completing their forms in the allotted time and that you are answering the questions within it to the best of your ability. This is one of the ways the disability agents will determine if the way your disability is affecting your life is something that qualifies for their financial assistance. Having an attorney help you with this is a great way to make sure that you are giving the clearest explanation of what you are going through everyday. Be Ready To File For An Appeal Time is of the essence when it comes to filing for an appeal for disability. They give you a short amount of time to get this done. If you are not able to submit the appeal within that amount of time, you are forced to either give up or start over from the beginning. This means you would have to fill out another application, complete the same forms all over again, and have all of your medical records gathered again. You then risk getting the same denial letter and you will then have to quickly try to file that appeal in time again. It is much easier to make sure that you are ready for an appeal right from the beginning and you can do that by hiring an attorney. He or she will be ready to do this and will have the expertise to ensure that it is done without any errors that could cause the appeal request to be denied. While a lot of the process is a mere waiting game, by doing those two simple things, you can better your odds of ending up with an approval. You will then start to receive the medical and financial assistance you have needed for a long time. For more information, contact a disability lawyer, such as Bruce K...

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Dealing With Post-Election Immigration Fears

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If you have been worried about the substantial increase in anti-immigrant sentiment since the 2016 election, you’re not alone. But you do have rights, and you can reduce your chances of a problem occurring if you take some steps now. Always Carry Your Documents Whether you have a green card or are here on a specific visa such as for work or school, always carry your documents with you. More states have been trying to pass identity-check laws, requiring anyone stopped by police to produce identification. While many aspects of these laws have been blocked in the courts, it is better to just carry your identification and show it when required. If you don’t, you risk arrest. Always Let People Know Where You’re Going Someone stopping you might accuse you of forging your papers. Most officers and other people will not do this, but there can always be that one person who wants to cause you a problem. That can lead to you being arrested and held for days. Instead of allowing yourself to disappear like this, always let people know where you’re going and when you might be back. Even if you have the chance to call someone from jail or the police station, you might not get that call for a while. Having others know that you haven’t returned when you said you would can get you help more quickly. Always Carry Your Lawyer’s Contact Information Also have contact information for your lawyer on hand. When you do get that phone call opportunity, call the lawyer’s office (or an after-hours contact number, should this happen on a weekend or overnight) to get help immediately. Do not sign anything, do not answer anything, until the lawyer gets there and talks to you. It’s too easy to sign something in a panic because you just want to get out, but that could cause trouble later. For example, in 2007, a U.S. citizen with mental health issues was arrested and made to sign a form agreeing to be deported to Mexico, despite his citizenship status. You do not want to mistakenly sign something with awful fine print. If you aren’t in touch with an immigration lawyer normally, find one like Fickey Martinez Law Firm, P.L.L.C. who can help you if you get into a jam. Do not rely on friends and family to find you one after a problem has...

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Help Your Children Cope With You And Your Spouse’s Upcoming Divorce

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If you and your spouse have decided to part ways and are both interested in a divorce, the following tips can help make the transition as smooth as possible for your children and will help them continue to feel special and wanted by you and their other parent. Meet With A Mediator Set up an appointment to speak with a mediator who has plenty of years of practice dealing with family situations. Your attorney may be able to refer you to a mediator, and you can provide them with information about your initial appointment so that you can receive guidance and advice if you are concerned with how the meeting went. A mediator can help uncover underlying issues that may interfere with your children’s happiness in the future. If you are satisfied with how your meeting goes, you can choose to set up a time for the mediator to meet with your children to discuss how they are feeling about the upcoming divorce. A mediator will also meet with you and your spouse and assist with opening the lines of communication between you and them so that each party is satisfied with the outcome.  Participate In Extracurricular Activities If your children take part in extracurricular activities, such as being part of a sports team or choir, continue attending each event. If your soon-to-be ex-spouse would also like to attend the events, try to make an agreement to sit near each other so that your children will not need to experience an awkward situation. If sitting close to one another is not possible, try to be as civil as possible when you see your spouse. While you are communicating, focus solely on the event that you have attended and your children’s performance so that nobody gets upset. Be Fair When It Comes To Scheduling And Maintain The Same Routine You may feel hurt whenever you think of your spouse, but it is still important for them to maintain a strong bond with the children. Stick to the visitation agreement that you both made and try to be prompt when it is time to drop off or pick up your children. Maintain the same routine that you usually do while at home too. By sticking to a regular schedule, your children will be able to rely upon the plans that are made for them and may eventually be able to accept the fact that you and their other parent will no longer be living...

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Should You Hide A DUI On A Job Application?

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A charge of driving under the influence can impact every aspect of your life, including the search for a new job. When you are applying for a job, you have to decide whether or not disclosing the DUI is necessary. If you have been charged with a DUI, here is what you need to know about the charge and its impact on your job search.  Do You Have to Disclose the Charge? Depending on the position you are applying for, the question of whether or not you have a DUI could possibly be included on the application. If it is, whether or not you have to disclose the DUI depends largely on if you have been charged or convicted.   Applications typically ask if you have a conviction. A conviction means that you either pled guilty to the charge or you were found guilty. Either way, if you are asked on an application if you have a DUI conviction, the appropriate answer is “yes.”   However, if you have only been arrested and charged with the DUI, disclosing it might not be necessary. Since the case has not been resolved, only an arrest will show on your record. Whether or not you want to disclose the arrest is up to you. If you are in the trial process and end up being convicted, you should let your employer know. If they run a background check and see the conviction, they will think you were dishonest on your application. What Can You Do? If you have been convicted, it is important that you complete the terms of your agreement. For instance, if you received probation, then pay the fines, report to your probation officer as ordered, and complete any additional terms required. Once you have finished your punishment, you can take steps to either hide or expunge your record.   Depending on the state in which you live, you can file a request for non-disclosure with the court. The non-disclosure does not remove the conviction, but it will not appear in background searches conducted by private organizations.   If you live in a state that allows for expungement, check your state’s laws to determine what you need to have the charge permanently removed from your record. In most instances, expungement is a one-time opportunity. Any future criminal acts cannot be removed.   If you have not been convicted, work with a DUI attorney to get a plea bargain for a lower charge. If you were not driving under the influence, the attorney can help you build your defense and argue your case in...

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Personal-Injury Claims: 3 Ways a Deposition Can Help You Cross-Examine Witnesses

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Generally speaking, approximately 95% to 96% of personal-injury claims are settled before trial; however, if your attorney can’t come to a reasonable compromise with the other party, or if you are unhappy with the settlement offered, you can still take the case to trial. In these situations, witness testimony is crucial, and your personal-injury attorney will want to hold a deposition in order to cross-examine the witness before the trial. Here are three ways that a deposition can help you. Figure Out the Type of Responses the Witnesses Are Going to Give Understanding how the witnesses are going to respond can help you and your attorney determine how to craft the questions that are going to be asked. It’ll also help you determine whether the strategies you are considering to use will be effective. The deposition gives you an idea as to the character of the witness and the type of information or testimony that they will provide. With this in mind, your attorney can determine which questions can benefit your case and which questions should be dropped at trial. Use Answers Given in Deposition to Determine Inconsistencies in the Testimony The answers that are given in the deposition can come back to haunt the witnesses. Your attorney will want to take careful note of the answers that the witnesses gave. If your attorney asks the same questions again at trial and gets a different answer, they should definitely point out the inconsistencies that the witness gave. This can discredit their testimony and make them seem unreliable. Determine Whether Additional Evidence Is Needed From the testimony given, your attorney might be able to determine whether there are any aspects of the case that they have yet to explore. They can determine whether any additional evidence is needed to either strengthen your case or disprove the facts given by the witness. For example, if a witness claimed to be at a certain location at a specific time, your attorney might want to follow up with these claims in order to determine whether the witness is trustworthy. Conclusion While your attorney will mostly take charge of the deposition, you should still play a passive role during this period. Understanding what the witnesses for the opposing party are going to say can help you determine which strategies can help you win your case. You’ll also be able to give input as to how you’d like to see your case play...

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Child Sports Injuries And Your Legal Options

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Your child has taken up a sport through school or an extracurricular sports club and has now suffered an injury. Unfortunately, your child is just one of many that suffer from sports injuries every year. What are your legal options and what steps should you take next? Go Through Your Own Insurance First In most cases, you will need to get treatment through your own health insurance company first. If you don’t have health coverage, you will need to pay out of pocket. Make sure you get the full details of the injury and a written estimate of the costs for all treatments. Go Through the Club’s Insurance The injury happened on the club’s time, so the next step is to go through that insurance. Whether it was a school or out-of-school club, there should be liability insurance. You can also file a claim against the school or club. This will require a lawyer and proof of all the damages—economical and non-economical. You will need to show that the club was negligent and liable in some way. File a Personal Injury Claim There are times that the injury was caused due to the actions of one specific player. This may have been through negligence or an intended action to cause harm. Where this is the case, you may be able to file a claim against the individual. Like filing claims against the club, you’d be best hiring an attorney to deal with it. It Isn’t Going to Be Easy While you shouldn’t be left out of pocket, proving that the injury was the club’s fault isn’t always going to be easy. Unless there was clear negligence or intent, you will often need to face the fact that your child assumed the risks by playing the game. College student Shawn Bukowski tried this after a drive line hit him in the face. He claimed the coach set the safety protocols up negligently, but the court ruled that he had assumed the risks by playing. However, had the coach known the equipment was faulty and the injury happened due to that—and Bukowski wasn’t made aware—then the coach could have been held liable. There is an element of risk when playing sports, and parents and children will accept these by playing. However, there are still steps that schools and clubs must take. If your child is injured, know your legal rights and talk to an attorney at a law firm like Trump & Trump if your child is injured playing...

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