Cruise Ship Accidents/Injuries

Slip and fall accidents can happen in any way and in any place, even when you are in a vacation on a cruise ship. It is among the most common accidents in many cruise ships due to various reasons – unsteady footing, wet areas, and the crowded nature of the cruise ship on the sea. No matter how the slip and fall accident happened it cannot be denied that the injuries they cause can be severe and even life-threatening or long-lasting. Although it may be easy to brush of the incident as a mere accident, there are instances where the cruise ship and their crew can be made liable for the injuries. This can happen when the accident occurred due to negligence or reckless actions/inactions.

From the Vucci Law Group, it can be difficult to prove negligence on the part of the cruise ship and their crew once a slip and fall accident happens. This is the main reason why it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer in order to help with the legal process of filing a claim. Often, cruise ships become difficult to work with once a personal injury claim and make the whole process last longer than necessary. Having legal representatives can make the whole claim process faster and easier.

A slip and fall accident can lead to a number or injuries, such as broken bones, neck and spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding, head injuries, and many others. This would make it difficult to return back to work immediately, not to mention having to spend significant amount of money for medical bills. Regardless whether the accident happened on or off the ship, as long as the negligence of the cruise ship and their crew lead to the accident, they can be held accountable. Regardless of the location, the cruise ship management has the responsibility of ensuring the safety of their passengers and when that duty is neglected, then they can be grounds for a personal injury claim.

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Probate Law or Elder Law or Estate Planning

It can be very hard to challenge a will once it has been made legal and around 99 percent of will pass through probate without any problems. This is because wills are taken as the voice of the testator or the one who wrote the will, and because they are no longer alive to talk about what their wishes are the court takes their wills seriously. Those who wish to challenge a will may have a very difficult road in doing so, but there are grounds that can make a will invalid.

Among the most common and often successful reason for making a will invalid is by proving that the testator lack mental capacity when they were making the will. According to the Peck Ritchey, LLC, you have to be 18 years old or older in order to have the legal capacity to write or make will. Minors are deemed not legally capable of making a will according to law. Exceptions are only applicable in certain jurisdictions and circumstances, such as when the minor has served in the military or have married. It is assumed that adults have the mental capacity to make a will, and often, the reason to question the validity of the will is when adults suffer from mental issues. Dementia, senility, insanity, been under the influence (alcohol or drugs), or other challenges in their mental capacity would be strong grounds to question the validity of a will.

Those who wish to challenge a will has to prove that the testator did not have complete grasp of the consequences of their decisions when making the will. Specifically, they did not have a strong understanding of the management of their assets and properties and what a will really is. Likewise, they might also lack complete understanding of scope and value of their properties and who the beneficiaries are. Lastly, the testator may have lacked the capacity to understand how all these elements affect each other to make a distribution of property.

Once a will has been successfully challenged, it will be deemed void either in part or in its entirety. There are instances where a previous will may be reinstated. Once the will has been deemed void, it will be up to the court to distribute the properties as if there was no will from the start. This property distribution will be under intestacy laws and will follow the familial relationships.

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Personal Injury

Scarring can be a serious part of an injury, and the severity can lead to a personal injury claim. If you talk with your personal injury attorney, you will find out that scarring can be a strong basis for an injury claim, and that there are factors that can make the compensation bigger. According to Ritter & Associates, the placement of the scar along with its severity can affect the value of the personal injury. Scars of the face can give more compensation, while other areas of the body may not be as valuable. What makes scarring a strong personal injury claim is if it leaves a long-lasting effect in your life.

Also known as residual effect, the severity of the scarring can affect many aspects of your life – work, home, and even recreation – making the claim more valuable. Severe scarring and disfigurement often lead to emotional and physical issues. The loss of mobility and enjoyment in life can lead a justifiable request for higher amount of damages. Often, women can ask for higher damages because of stubborn sexism still present in society. Societal prejudice in today’s times can still greatly impact the judgment of settlement by the insurance adjusters.

In order to prove that validity of a personal injury claim due to scarring and disfigurement, you first have to get and present a medical opinion regarding the cost of removing or repairing the scar. A testimony from a plastic surgeon regarding the amount necessary to fix the scar can be more than helpful. Including the cost of the procedure to remove the scar can dramatically increase the amount of compensation. Make sure to add the costs of the procedure (as determined by your plastic surgeon) in the demand letter that you send to the insurance company. Additionally, make sure that the scarring injury is properly documented to show the long-term effects of the injury. Ask about the residual effect of the injury with your doctor in order to have the supporting document about its permanent effects. To learn more about the possibility of permanent problems, consult with your physician and injury attorney by clicking here to help raise the chances of an injury settlement negotiation.

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Employment Law

The state of Texas has laws in place to prevent discrimination in the workplace. There are many ways that workplace discrimination can be exhibited, and if you believe that you are a victim of workplace discrimination, then according to Texas employment law, you can file a discrimination complaint to the Civil Rights Division of TWC. Being denied equal pay is just one of the many forms of workplace discrimination that the Melton Law Firm has helped workers deal with in the office.

Very worker has the right to appropriate pay equal to their skills and abilities. Equal pay laws ensure that workers will be paid equally regardless of their age, gender, race, nationality, disability. Equal pay claims are put in place to ensure that every worker’s pay is equal to their counterparts and that this pay is a suitable compensation for their work. According to the Texas Government Code Section 659.001, the Texas Equal Pay Act ensures that women who are employed in the state of Texas should receive the same salaries as men do when both are doing the same quality, grade, type, kind of service. For a long time, women have been victims of pay discriminations in the state of Texas. The Equal Pay Act hopes to prevent such discriminations from happening in the workplace and ensures that both genders receive equal pay that amounts to their work.

There may still be companies that will not provide equal pay. When this happens, the employee can file a claim against the company through the Equal Pay Act. However, with so many laws in order that protects every worker in the state of Texas, employees can now rest easy that they will have the salary that they deserve, along with the peace of mind that they can provide and take care of their families properly through their living.

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Bankruptcy

Many people who are going through financial issues often think that filing for bankruptcy is their last option. Although there are various other options to help deal with the financial troubles you might be facing, filing for bankruptcy is not always a last option. There are situations where filing for bankruptcy is more helpful than other alternatives. Also, there are many types of bankruptcy that you can file for, depending on your financial situation and your specific circumstance.

If you are willing to sell properties and start over again, then you might consider filing for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy. This type of bankruptcy allows debtors to eliminate majority of their debts through liquidation of their assets so that their creditors will be paid back and then they can be free of debts. In order to for the Chapter 7 bankruptcy to begin, you have to first see if you are eligible. Chapter 7 bankruptcy attorney Ryan J. Ruehle Attorney at Law, LLC states you have to pass a “means test”, otherwise the bankruptcy court would have to convert your case to a Chapter 13.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy works by gathering all assets and properties that fall under non-exempt properties and sell them off in order to pay for as much debt as they possibly can. The rest can then be eliminated or discharged. This can offer a better alternative if you don’t have enough to pay for a long-term repayment. Furthermore, such option can only cause even higher debts because of ongoing interest. It is a better option if you think you have enough assets and properties to sell and would want to start over a new life debt-free. Regardless, it is still important to first talk with your bankruptcy attorney, a debt settlement official, and a credit counselor to help weigh the best option out of your debts.

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