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Why do lawyers work on contingency? Why does this help clients?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

I’ve always wondered how some lawyers can say that they don’t get paid unless their clients get money for their case. That’s known as a contingency fee, and it turns out that personal injury lawyers work on contingency fees almost exclusively. I was reading about how these contingency fees work on the Law Offices of Seaton & Bates, PLLC website. They work on contingency in a number of different practice areas, including car wrecks, slip and falls, and medical malpractice. But these are all civil cases. That means no criminal charges are being pursued. The parties are merely trying to recoup money from damages done. Lawyers don’t work on contingency when they do criminal cases because there will not be a money settlement to deal with. In those cases, the lawyers will charge by the hour. If you find yourself in a civil case, there are a lot of benefits to hiring a lawyer on contingency.

When lawyers work on contingency, they are unable to charge clients more money based on the time it takes to complete the case. So, if a case becomes very complicated and ends up dragging out for several months, you won’t be affected by this at all. In a criminal case, a more complicated case means you’re paying for more hours that your attorney puts in. In a civil, contingency-based case, your attorney will still collect the agreed upon portion of the settlement.

Another great benefit of contingency fees is that clients cannot lose money. Attorneys never charge money out of pocket, as their payment is going to be a percentage of the settlement that they produce. If your attorney ends up not being able to get a settlement, then he’s lost out on the time he put into it. If your lawyer ends up getting a settlement that is very small and doesn’t cover court fees, you won’t have to pay for money lost.

 

 

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The Basics of Child Support

Posted by on Jun 3, 2018 in Child Support | 0 comments

We all know someone that has in some way been affected by divorce. Going through a divorce can be one of the most emotional experiences in an individual’s life. When children are involved, the emotional stakes are even higher.

Because of my interests in family dynamics, including the separation of families, I decided to do a little research on child support agreements. My research was extensive and thorough, and Alexander & Associates wrote the best article I came across. The article gave an easy-to-understand explanation of these complicated agreements.

According to the article, the goal of a child support agreement is to find what is in the best interest of the child and to make sure the child is receiving proper care. The problem is that the spouses may have different ideas about what is in their child’s best interest. This leads to emotionally charged disputes that can cause severe stress to all parties involved.

The idea behind child support is to ensure that parents are fulfilling their parental duties to their child or children. These duties include the provision of financial, emotional, educational, and medical support. The periodic payments of child support are designed to ensure that the child receives proper care. Even after child support agreements are reached, down the road, the arrangements can be modified or enforced.

In Texas, child support agreements are enforced by the Attorney General Child Support Division. The mission statement of the Division reads as follows:

“The Attorney General’s Child Support Division has a responsibility to assist parents in obtaining the financial support necessary for children to grow up and succeed in life. To encourage parental responsibility, the Attorney General establishes paternity of children, establishes court orders for financial and medical support and vigorously enforces support orders. The Attorney General promotes the emotional involvement of both parents in the life of the child by working with community groups, schools, and hospitals. Attorney General employees will efficiently perform their duties to minimize taxpayer expense and in a friendly fashion to maximize customer satisfaction.”

Basically, through this mission statement, the Attorney General Child Support Division will handle most issues that come with a child support agreement. Parents can rest assured that their information given to the Division will be kept confidential and that they will obtain proper and professional service.

The Division’s primary responsibilities include: locating absentee parents, establishing paternity, establishing, enforcing and modifying child and medical support orders and, collecting and distributing child support monies. Though child support agreements are often complicated and emotional charged, it is important to keep in mind that everything will be okay and that help is there. If you are going through a divorce and dealing with child support, keep these words in mind. If you know someone going through a tough divorce, pass these words their way. With the right child support lawyer and a mindset of always looking forward and never backward, anyone can get through these rough times.

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Louisville fire-truck collision leaves one dead and five injured

Posted by on Sep 22, 2017 in Car Accident | 0 comments

One man was killed and five others were transported to the hospital with injuries following a collision with a car and a Louisville Fire & Rescue truck on Thursday. The collision was reported around 8:45 a.m. on the Algonquin Parkway (near McCloskey Ave.). Authorities and news station WDRB report that the fire truck was responding to an emergency call and had its lights and sirens on at the time of the collision. The truck collided with the vehicle, a Mercury, driven by 61-year old Larry Carter, who was unfortunately killed in the crash. Authorities

Local authorities, including Metro Police spokesperson Dwight Mitchell said that there was a stop sign at the scene, and the fire truck had the right-of-way, especially since it was an emergency situation.  After colliding with the car, the fire truck ran off the roadway (leaving noticeable skid-marks on the road, hours after the crash) and hit a brick sign and a tree before coming to rest.

A female passenger in the car was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and all four crew members on the fire truck were also taken to the hospital for evaluation for minor injuries caused in the crash. It is always devastating for family members of injured or deceased individuals to have to deal with the loss of a loved one, and is even more troubling when the accident occurs with an emergency vehicle.

While the spokespeople for the department believe that the fire truck had the right-of-way and the collision may have been the fault of the driver of the car, there are still legal issues that inevitably must be settled following any serious accident. Does the family need to hire a lawyer in Louisville? Does the accident need to be investigated further to determine who is at fault?

In some cases, people may say the answer to these questions is yes. The family may be entitled to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the city for the crash that killed their loved one. They may be entitled to compensation for the loss of companionship, funeral expenses, and other losses caused by the tragic collision.

Ultimately, it is the family’s decision of how they want to handle the aftermath of the accident and whether they want to pursue legal action against the city for the death of their loved one, or whether they wish to simply let the issue go. Only the family can decide what action (if any) they wish to take, and they will ultimately have to deal with the issues that follow a tragic accident like this one.

 

 

 

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Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Posted by on Jun 10, 2017 in Health & Beauty, Medical Condition | 0 comments

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder wherein a person continuously pauses in breathing during sleep. This happens because of two things. One, there is something wrong with the respiratory path, like when the throat muscles are overly relaxed during sleep. Two, the brain doesn’t properly send signals to the body parts that control breathing.

Having breathing problems in sleep may make the person wake up from time to time, which means that he or she may experience sleep deprivation and its associated effects, such as anxiety, increased irritability, and poor mental functions. But according to the website of Silent Night Therapy, untreated sleep apnea can also lead to certain medical complications, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular problems.

But how does a person know if he or she has sleep apnea? The follow symptoms may surface:

  • Abruptly waking up because of shortness of breath
  • Episodes of breathing hardships during sleep, especially upon the witness of another person
  • Overly loud snores, especially those that are loud enough to potentially disturb sleep
  • Sleepiness during daytime, which can be excessive enough to make the person fall asleep anytime anywhere
  • Waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat

However, take note that some of these symptoms do not necessarily translate into sleep apnea. For example, excessive sleepiness during the day may just mean that the person lacks sleep in the prior night, or that he or she has a different sleeping disorder, such as narcolepsy.

What clearly defines sleep apnea is the breathing problem during sleep, especially if the problem wakes the person up from time to time or disturbs the sleep of another person near the patient that has sleep apnea, like his or her spouse that has been sleeping beside him or her.

Still, the best way to know if a person has sleep apnea is consulting a medical professional. After all, this sleeping disorder is serious enough to warrant a visit to the doctor, because of the possible consequences it has for its sufferers.

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The Dangers of Reckless Driving

Posted by on Mar 21, 2017 in Reckless Driving | 0 comments

The Dangers of Reckless Driving

When you look at the news, it is not uncommon to see wrecked vehicles because of drunk, speeding, or reckless drivers. These accidents often result into serious injury or even death. The worst part of these accidents is the fact that most of the drivers involved did the reckless behaviors intentionally.

They drive drunk because there was nobody else available to drive. They speed because they want to save time. They become reckless on the road just for the thrill of it. But it is a different story if another motorist has been hurt because of their behaviors. But according to the website of this Fort Worth injury attorney, those who have been hurt in such accidents may get compensation.

But why are these behaviors dangerous, exactly? Drunk driving is dangerous because alcohol can have negative effects on the driver, both physically and mentally. Physically, the driver may feel sleepy, fatigued, and not be able to control the vehicle properly. Mentally, he or she may not properly comprehend road lights and signs and judge the positioning of other motorists.

In the case of speeding, drivers will have limited visibility because of how fast they are going. They may miss traffic lights, warning signs, and even pedestrians that are crossing the street. Since they are traveling too fast, they will also have very limited time to react when something unexpected occurs. Even if they react on time, they will not be sure if the vehicle will cooperate, because a speeding vehicle is much harder to control.

The issues with reckless driving behaviors such as tailgating and weaving involve reaction time and positioning. If drivers are tailgating or if they are anywhere too near other vehicles, they are giving themselves limited time to react when those vehicles suddenly stop, brake, or turn. Weaving drivers may also get involved in accidents, particularly head-on collisions, rear-end collisions, and sideswipes, due to their constant changing of position.

It is a good thing that most of these behaviors are against the law, because jurisdictions clearly know the dangers they may bring, not just to the reckless drivers, but also to the others around them.

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