Signs Of A Plumbing Problem

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in News | 0 comments

A home is often its owners pride and joy, and homeowners count on the various aspects of their homes to work properly. This includes plumbing, which, if any problem ever occurs, can be extremely problematic. Plumbing problems can cause huge issues for homeowners; not just physical damage but financial burdens as well. Repairing a plumbing problem is often not easily done. In fact, sometimes plumbing problems can be so damaging that total replacement is actually whats necessary. In such cases, finding a plumbing problem early can make all the difference between saving a lot of money and breaking the bank on plumbing replacements.

There are many different signs that a plumbing problem might be occurring in a home. If a homeowner notices these signs, its important for him or her to address the problem quickly and with the right expertise. Some of the most common signs that a plumbing problem might be occurring include:

* Irregular water pressure
* Leaking pipes
* Water pooling
* Floor stains
* Loud noises from fixtures

These situations may all be indicators that a serious plumbing problem is occurring or is about to occur. In the worst cases, a homeowner might not be aware that a plumbing issue is happening, and flooding or an explosion can happen. This can be more than just physically dangerous; it can cause serious financial problems as well.

Early detection is a very important part of noticing and fixing a plumbing issue before it becomes serious. If you or someone you know has need of a plumbing inspection, or would like to speak with an experienced plumber, contact a Plano plumber today. You can plan with your plumber the best way to set up an inspection, or discuss an existing problem in order to determine what the best solution is.

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Vehicular Homicide

Posted by on Sep 4, 2012 in Law, Medical Malpractice, News, Personal Injury Law, Tort Litigation | 0 comments

There have been many new advances made over the years in automobile safety in an attempt to reduce the number of severe injuries and fatalities from car accidents. While these advances have been successful in lowering the rate of these tragedies, they have by no means been eliminated. The persistence of reckless driving is one of the reasons many of the most severe accidents continue to occur. When the result of the car accident is a fatality for anyone besides the at-fault driver, the person who caused the wreck may be held civilly as well as criminally liable for the death of that person. In reference to criminal charges, this is known as vehicular homicide when it involves intentional or reckless behavior. However, the families of victims are also allowed under intentional tort law to file civil charges against the other driver. A civil suit that results in compensation to the victims can provide the financial resources needed for medical expenses, funeral costs, and wrongful death damages.

What Qualifies as Vehicular Homicide

Vehicular homicide is defined by a certain type of negligent use of a motor vehicle which ends in the death of one or more individuals. By this definition, a person may be guilty of vehicular homicide for people in a separate vehicle, but also for people in the same vehicle. Types of negligent use of a vehicle that may qualify as vehicular homicide includes:

  • Drunk driving
  • Driving Under the Influence of Drugs
  • Reckless Driving
  • Distracted Driving
  • Speeding

According to the website of Ritter and Associates, these types of vehicular homicide cases are usually tried in civil courts as wrongful death suits. If someone you love was involved in a car accident that could be classified as vehicular homicide, you may need the help of an experienced attorney to help your family file a wrongful death lawsuit to seek the compensation you need. This can help you cover the cost of a funeral and make up for lost income.

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Lack Of Traffic Signs

Posted by on Aug 22, 2012 in News, Personal Injury Law | 0 comments

Traffic signs are a valuable tool for drivers when it comes to staying safe on the road. Signs tell drivers how fast to go, when to look out for changes in the road, when to stop or slow down, and where to exit or get on to highways. Traffics signs keep order on the road by providing people with a uniform set of instructions which are enforceable by law. It goes without saying, then that a lack of necessary signs can lead to confusion and accidents. When drivers are not aware of changes in the road because of a missing sign, they can potentially end up driving off the road on a sharp turn. When a stop sign is missing, they can end up in a wreck at an intersection, and when there are no speed limit signs, anyone can go too fast or too slow and end up in a collision.

Examples of Improper or Missing Signs

There are many different traffic signs that are necessary for keeping order on our roads. The following are some examples of signs that can be hazardous if they are incorrectly placed or missing:

* Stop signs at crosswalks
* Stop signs at intersections
* Speed limit signs
* Warning signs for construction
* Closed road signs
* Cautionary signs near schools

Without the necessary guidance provided by traffic signs, drivers are obligated to make their own assumptions about the appropriate driving actions, which may or may not be correct. When signs are missing or incorrect in an area, it is up to the municipal authorities to correct the situation.

Missing or improper signs are the cause of countless car accidents every year. If you or someone you love was injured in a car accident due to improper or missing signs, a Madison, Wisconsin personal injury attorney can help you seek financial compensation for your medical costs and other damages.

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Recognizing The Signs Of Nursing Home Abuse

Posted by on Aug 17, 2012 in News, Personal Injury Law | 0 comments

Sometimes our loved ones require more care and attention than we are able to give them, and many people place their family members in nursing homes so that they will receive the attention that they need on a daily basis. Sadly, sometimes our trust in nursing homes and their staff members is misplaced, and loved ones are subjected to abusive or neglectful treatment. When this happens, it is critical that family members and friends are able to recognize the signs that a loved one may be enduring abuse in a nursing home. When there is reason to believe that abuse is occurring, a family can take immediate steps to protect their loved one and to end the abuse.

Although sometimes signs of nursing home abuse are hard to detect, if you know what to look for they can be easier to identify. Keeping yourself informed not only about indicators of abuse, but also about your legal options should you or a loved one suffer abuse, can greatly increase your own personal awareness of abusive practices and knowledge about your legal options. In some situations, it may be possible and appropriate to seek financial compensation for pertinent damages.

Common Signs

Every person reacts to abuse differently, but there are some signs that are commonly reported among nursing home abuse victims that may suggest that abuse is happening. These signs include:

Inexplicable bruising or lacerations
Greater frequency of broken bones
An increased reticence or anti-social behavior
Sudden weight loss
Dehydration or malnutrition
Increased anger

If you or someone you love has been victimized by nursing home abuse, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer today to discuss the possible merits of legal action as you seek to hold abusive personnel and the facility accountable.

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Filing A Workers Compensation Claim Petition

Posted by on Aug 15, 2012 in Law, Legal Claims, News, Personal Injury Law | 0 comments

An employee may find it necessary to file a workers compensation claim petition if a dispute arises, whether due to an employer disputing their eligibility for benefits, which might concern the nature of the injury, medical treatment, or the possibility of disability benefits. When this happens, there is the option of resolving the dispute through sessions mediated by a workers compensation judge, which is less formal than undergoing formal proceedings in front of a judge. If the issue remains unresolved, however, there will be a hearing scheduled in court.

Petitions and Alternative Dispute Resolution

The best method for resolving a workers compensation dispute will depend on the particular circumstances of the dispute and how cooperative the employer or insurance carrier is being. Some of the details concerning each method are as follows:

  • Claim petitions filed when an employer or insurance carrier denies a claim, but may only be done within three years of the initial injury. Legal representation is not strictly required, but highly recommended for helping employees navigate the complex process of a workers compensation petition. The judges ruling may or may not make provisions for additional appeals.
  • Alternative dispute resolution disputes may be settled in mediation, a settlement conference, or an informal conference. Unless ruled to be ineffective, all petitions submitted to the Office of Adjudication are scheduled for mediation sessions and, even if they are unsuccessful, may be resumed later in the proceedings.

If your initial claim was denied and are wondering which, if any, course of action can help you acquire benefits, you may want to obtain legal counsel.

Resolving Disputes

When an employer or their insurance carrier denies your claim for workers compensation benefits, you may want to enlist the services of workplace injury lawyers who can best ensure that your case and interests are accurately represented.

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What Are Your Miranda Rights?

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in Miranda Rights, News | 0 comments

Although the actual diction and syntax of the Miranda warning isn’t specifically outlined by the Supreme Court, over time law enforcement agents have developed a certain warning they must read to those under arrest. After the warning, the suspect must respond and say whether or not he or she understands the rights that were read to him or her. If you have been arrested, a Houston criminal defense lawyer may be able to help you understand these and other rights.

The Miranda Rights

The Fifth Amendment protects individuals from self-incrimination. As an extension of the Fifth Amendment, the Miranda rights include the following:

Right to remain silent
Warning that anything you say can be used against you in the court of law
Right to an attorney
Right to an appointed attorney if you cannot afford one on your own
Right to refuse to answer questions until you have an attorney present

If you are arrested and not read you Miranda rights, you may be able to take legal action against the arresting officer.
If you have been charged with a crime, you still have a number of legal rights, including those outlined in the Miranda warning. To learn more about your Miranda rights and how they apply to your case, get in touch with an experienced criminal defense lawyer today.

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