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As roads become more congested and people’s lives become more hectic, aggressive driving, also known as “road rage”, and the dangers associated with it increase. To clarify, aggressive driving is the combination of unsafe and unlawful driving actions that show a disregard for safety. An aggressive driver is one who operates his or her vehicle in a selfish, bold, or pushy manner, without regard for the rights or safety of others…Continue reading
Pregnancy and childbirth have inherent risks and can result in complications and injuries to the mother and the child. All injuries suffered during birth are devastating, but some birth injuries are the result of mistakes made by obstetricians, doctors, nurses and other health-care providers. You may have a legal claim for damages for yourself and your child if…Continue reading
“Comparative negligence” is a term often used in connection with a lawsuit, but many of us don’t really know what it means. The idea is fairly simple, but any explanation of comparative negligence must start with a simple definition of “negligence.” A person is negligent when he or she owes someone else a duty to act in a certain way but doesn’t live up to that duty and carelessly causes an injury to the other person. Depending on the circumstances, the law imposes different standards of care on people, including (1) ordinary care (the care exercised by a reasonably prudent person), (2) high degree of care (the care owed by some highly-specialized professionals), or (3) a child’s degree of care. If the injured person elects to sue the careless person, the lawsuit is a negligence suit…Continue reading
Most of us have experienced the nightmare of a “fender-bender.” Even if you are lucky enough to escape physical injury, a simple car accident can still lead to problems, aggravations, frustrations, and inconveniences. You may find yourself without a vehicle or with a vehicle that needs repairs. You may struggle with insurance companies in order to get a property settlement. Even after your vehicle has been repaired, it remains damaged in your eyes and in the eyes of others. It has lost that new feel and look. When you try to sell it, potential buyers will be suspicious of the repairs and may be leery of buying a previously “wrecked” vehicle. Unfortunately, there is not a thing you can do about it except to drive defensively and stay out of accidents…Continue reading
Lead is a highly toxic metal that can be found in many products and materials in our homes and businesses. The primary source of lead poisoning in the human environment is lead-based paint, but lead can also be found in the dust and soil where lead-based paints have peeled off or have been disturbed, as well as in some types of plumbing materials. Although Congress passed laws prohibiting the manufacture and use of lead-based paint in 1978, many buildings and homes built before this ban still contain significant amounts of lead-based paint. This lead in our environments poses the danger of causing lead poisoning…Continue reading
“Uninsured Motorist” refers to the driver of a motor vehicle not carrying liability insurance coverage. Also to an unidentified driver in a hit-and-run accident. Also to an insured driver whose insurance carrier has denied coverage or has become insolvent…Continue reading
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