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Posted by on Sep 6, 2017 in Law | 0 comments

Injured on a cruise: does this lawsuit actually have merit?

I try not to pay attention to the news outlet, TMZ, since it seems that their stories usually involve an annoying celebrity doing something ridiculous in public. A story they published recently, however, caught my eye, and I had to do a little more research about it. The story involves a woman who was injured when she slipped and fell in the restroom on a Princess cruise, and now she is suing the cruise liner for negligence.

Now,  will be the first person to say that I love cruise ships and going on cruises is one of my favorite vacations to take. That said, I too have noticed that cruise ships often can be dangerous for the guests, whether from slippery decks, lack of signs alerting guests to hazards, and a general feeling that the crew is overwhelmed by the constant demands of the guests. This means that they often cannot keep up with the maintenance demands, and by day six of any cruise I’ve been on, there are definitely some hazardous areas that often go unnoticed by the cleaning staff.

In the TMZ story, the woman, Julienne Buchanan filed a lawsuit after she slipped and fell in one of the ship’s public restrooms. The suit claims that the toilets were overflowing with sewage, which led her to slip and fall, and caused her to strike her face on a nearby door sill. She also reported a cut to her face and pain in her neck and chest caused by the fall, which left her unconscious in the restroom, where she was later found and treated. Because she was laying in the wastewater, she was given a tetanus shot and was given antibiotics to ward off illness on top of the injuries she suffered in the fall.

While this story seems a bit extreme (I never saw overflowing sewage on any of the cruises I was on), I can easily see that happening. It makes me wonder what type of action I would take if I was hurt on a cruise. Would I sue? Would I be forced to take legal action, even if I didn’t truly want to, but I needed to pay for the medical expenses? I believe that I would take legal action if I were the woman in this story, because the crew should have done something to protect her from harm. Signage should have been posted, and the waste should have been cleaned up before she was allowed to enter the restroom. It makes sense for a cruise ship passenger to file a lawsuit, and I learned that passenger claims are not all that rare, according to this Florida attorney’s site that I found.

Ultimately, I believe I would take action if I were hurt on a cruise ship, especially if the crew could have or should have known about the danger. A slip and fall accident like the one this woman suffered did not have to happen, yet she was injured as a result. I don’t blame her for filing the lawsuit!


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Posted by on Jul 31, 2015 in Law | 0 comments

Am I Supposed to Get Car Insurance?

The idea of protecting something that is precious to you is an instinct that is a tale as old as time. In fact, it is not exclusive to human beings alone as various species have an instinct of preservation for the things that they deem of value to them – their kin, their possessions, or their territory. The idea of protecting something that matters to you is something that has been around for a while and it has only been as of more recent years that more complicated measures of protection have been issued in order to deal with more complex situations.

Insurance is one of these complexities that have become necessary for the everyday human being. There are a number of different kinds of insurance – for your life, for your home, and for your car (just to name a few). However, some people think that getting insurance for your car is something that is not absolutely necessary and so it begs the question: am I supposed to get car insurance?

It is legally expected of you to have car insurance upon acquisition of your vehicle not just to protect your investment (which is the car), but also your most valuable asset: your life. People often take the idea of protecting your future self for granted for they think that as long as they obey the law and follow every regulation by the book then they are safe from anything possibly going wrong.

A lot of the victims of car accidents are not people who are directly at fault for the situation that caused the accident. Sometimes, all it takes is a runaway branch from a tree that flew off due to inclement weather. This branch could crash through the windshield of your car and circumstances of this instance shouldn’t be a problem – if you had the right kind of insurance.

Really, getting insurance is your move that will protect both your future self and the future state of your present investment.

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Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Law | 0 comments

Can Asbestos Cause Mesothelioma?

Cancer is one of the worst diseases that can happen to a person. The procedures are often complicated, stressful, and incredibly traumatic to go through. Some cancers are operable, however, and the patients who suffer through them can sometimes get out of treatments with no evidence of cancer (NEC). There are some cancers, however, that are quite rare and medical professionals all around the world have yet to find a cure for it. One such cancer is that of mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that can affect the pleura (the protective lining/membrane of the lungs), the abdominal cavity, or the membrane that surrounds the heart. There is no known cure for this cancer and yet there has been sufficient evidence that links this disease with exposure to asbestos. It does not take a lot – even one wrong breath can mean that the disease has already taken root in the body. However, it can take years for it to develop and for it to be detectable, which makes it quite difficult for the victim to file for financial compensation from when and where they were exposed to asbestos.

With the help of asbestos lawyers, a person diagnosed with this kind of cancer can find the most appropriate path to take and how to proceed. Due to its slow-acting nature, evidence can be quite difficult to gather – but that is why it is so important to contact a legal professional who has experience with dealing with this kind of cancer. If they have experience with how to deal with people who are in this situation, it can only make yours that much easier as they can help guide you through this darkness. They also have the best resources in order for you to get the most effective possible medical aid through this affliction.

It can be extremely difficult to deal with such a scenario but it is in your best interest to contact specialized help in order for you and your loved ones to be in as much comfort as possible throughout this ordeal.

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Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in Automotive Accidents, Law | 0 comments

The Dangers of Truck Accidents

The damage an eighteen-wheeler truck could do is incalculable. Imagine an interstate filled with hundreds of regular vehicles – and then the load from an eighty thousand pound, eighteen-wheeler truck rolling straight towards them. It is the image straight out of an action thriller – an emphasis on thriller, mind – and yet, sadly, it is more than possible to happen in real life. Art imitates life, after all. That is why there are several federal laws that come into play when truck accidents are involved and anyone liable for the accident can be held under criminal law as well as civil law.

When constructing an eighteen wheeler truck, the utmost care must be practiced in order to make sure that the vehicle is functioning as properly as possible, ensuring safe travels and transport. However, there are some instances when negligence from the manufacturer is the cause of the accident, leaving so many people and their families into one of the most tragic, unthinkable scenarios ever.

A Houston 18-wheeler accident lawyer from Williams Kherkher can cite that the most common types of malfunctions involving truck accidents that are reported are brake malfunctions, tire defects, insufficient underride protection, and trailer malfunction. When scenarios like this happen, it is no laughing matter – the way cartoons and other media may choose to portray it. The people involved don’t often come back the same and simply shake it off. There are some possibly perilous consequences to negligence of this nature.

Medical expenses alone are devastating enough as it is – especially since most Americans will find themselves in some kind of debt due to student loans, credit statements, mortgages, et cetera. There is also the matter of the insurance and repairs on the vehicles. There are lots of expenses that need to be accommodated for and as manufacturers of vehicles such as eighteen-wheeler trucks are usually well resourced with teams of lawyers backing them up — it can be quite the daunting task to press charges against them.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of a truck accident due to a defect within the truck, you are warranted to seek legal assistance in order to claim the justice that is so rightfully yours.

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Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Law | 0 comments

Need A Lawyer? Look Below For Excellent Advice!

There are many reasons you may need to hire and work with a lawyer. No matter what the reason, there are some helpful tips you can use during your time with a law professional. The advice that follows will help you when you find yourself in need of a lawyer.

Ask for a free consultation. Many lawyers will offer a free consultation, so you can have your questions answered. During the consultation, you can also see if you are comfortable with that lawyer. Always go to more than one free consultation so you have a good mix of lawyers to choose from.

A good tip to remember if you’re thinking about hiring a lawyer is to take your time and make your search thorough. You shouldn’t impulsively hire a lawyer just because you need one right away. There are so many lawyers out there, that you need to be selective to get the best one for you.

A good tip if you’re thinking about hiring a lawyer, like the ones at the Abel Law Firm, is to listen to your gut when it comes down to whether or not you’re going to hire that person. Your lawyer is going to represent you in court, so if your lawyer seems unscrupulous, it’s going to fall back on you.

Do not hire a lawyer until you know more about their experience and their results. A young lawyer might be more affordable but you will definitely benefit from hiring a more experienced and more successful lawyer. If possible, try finding a lawyer who has positive experience with very similar cases.

As you can see, it’s not too hard to find and deal with a lawyer once you have more knowledge. The tips shared here are a good starting off point. Use what you learned and your time with a lawyer can be time well spent in order to win your case.

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