Victims of Pollution

by RyanD January 16, 2014 Environmental Law

Exposure to pollution is no joke, particularly when it is in the form of hazardous or toxic waste. Today, the United States federal government has many restrictions and regulations in place that manage the disposal of hazardous waste. However, this was not always the case; earlier in history, companies could pollute without control or repercussions. […]

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Enjailed but need to get out quickly?

by RyanD December 17, 2013 Arrest

Being in jail can cause a variety of problems with one’s mental and physical health and lifestyle, whether he or she is in jail for years or even for just a few days. For one thing, people who are in jail, even for a short amount of time, can find their careers and personal relationships […]

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The Jury Duty Experience

by RyanD December 13, 2013 Business

Jury duty is a part of life that most citizens have to go through. It is a simple way of giving back to the community by serving as a peer to an accused. The selection of jurors is done through a randomized process that draws from the most recent voters list. The jury comes together […]

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Legal Issues One Faces When Drilling for Oil

by RyanD December 11, 2013 Environmental Law

 The oil industry is one of the largest operations in the world, with oil companies worldwide collectively generating more than 82 million barrels of oil per day. Despite oil’s purported plenteousness and lucrative nature, the legal aspects of drilling for oil are technical, complex, and onerous. Permits: Where and When Can Drilling Occur? In order […]

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Criminal Cases and Civil Cases

by RyanD December 4, 2013 Criminal Law

Legal matters that result in court time can be of two types: criminal or civil. Criminal matters refer to those cases where a violation of a state or federal criminal code has taken place, resulting in adjudication and small claims matters between parties under a specific dollar amount (as an example a landlord-tenant dispute). There […]

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The Sentencing Process

by RyanD December 4, 2013 Law

The sentencing process in the United States may sound complicated, but it does follow an established formula. A criminal sentence follows the legal ramifications associated with a conviction in a court of law. Sentences range from probation and fines to incarceration and even death. Other sentences include payment to the victim, community service, rehab, and […]

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But it Happened at YOUR House!

by RyanD December 2, 2013 Personal Injury

Having a friend or guest get injured at your home or on your property can be a traumatizing experience, leaving you with questions about your own responsibility in the ordeal. But while you may believe that it was nothing more than an accident, the laws regarding medical payments and insurance claims may actually make you […]

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Law School Technology Tips

by RyanD December 2, 2013 Law Blog

As expected, attending law school in pursuit of my JD was one of the most difficult times of my life. Between hours spent scouring legal texts, to discussions in class that tested the limits of my knowledge, I found myself often struggling to continue. But while the process of becoming a lawyer may have been […]

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Why Water Damage Coverage is Important

by RyanD November 3, 2013 Property Law

Water damage in the home can be expensive, and often leaves homeowners devastated as they end up with costly repair bills. If you have flood insurance, you may think you are protected from water damage: unfortunately, these policies only cover a small spectrum of water damage problems. Many homeowners and renters do not realize that […]

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My DUI nightmare

by RyanD October 26, 2013 Law

It had been maybe fifteen minutes since my last drink. My friends were getting a little restless at the party and I was deeply regretting volunteering to be the designated driver. My house was only a few miles away, and since everyone parked their cars there I didn’t have to make multiple stops. I had […]

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The Most Infamous Criminal Lawyers

by RyanD October 2, 2013 Criminal Law

Under the American justice system, all are considered to be innocent until proven guilty and entitled to legal representation. Lawyers serve in the role of advocate on behalf of the interests of their clients. This is the case regardless of whether the person is actually innocent or guilty. The interest of the law, at least […]

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Mistakes and Malpractice: How Bad is It?

by RyanD October 1, 2013 Health Law

Medical errors caused by the negligence of a physician account for approximately 100,000 deaths a year. The rate of negligent care for hospitalized individuals is 1 percent or 1 of every 100 hospitalizations. Insurance costs associated with medical malpractice claims amount to 0.05 percent of health care spending. The myth of the growing rate of […]

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Are You Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?

by RyanD September 30, 2013 Business

Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance carried by employers. This type of insurance serves to protect both the employee from financial loss due to injury and the employer from negligence lawsuits. Workers’ compensation pays a wage for missed work because of a work-related injury and also covers medical expenses incurred as a result of […]

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Is a Drug-Free Workplace Legal in Places like Washington & Colorado?

by RyanD September 30, 2013 Company Law

As of this writing, twenty states and the District of Columbia have enacted laws legalizing the use of medical marijuana. What’s more, states like Washington and Colorado have gone as far as legalizing marijuana entirely (for both medical and recreational use). Following the Attorney General’s recent announcement that the Department of Justice will let Washington […]

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Asbestos and the Law

by RyanD September 11, 2013 Law

For many years asbestos was used in a number of residential and commercial building materials. However, scientists discovered that asbestos can lead to serious health problems like mesothelioma and lung cancer. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided to regulate the use of asbestos to reduce health risks. The reason asbestos was widely used is due […]

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Commonplace Health-Related Lawsuits

by RyanD September 11, 2013 Insurance

People have an expectation that the foods and products they purchase are safe and free of toxic agents. Many different types of lawsuits are filed each year by people who may have sustained injury from the foods they eat or the substances they are exposed to on their jobs. Work Injuries Lawsuits that involve work […]

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Avoiding Common Childhood Injury-Based Suits

by RyanD September 11, 2013 Accident Claims

There are several injuries that children are more prone to than adults. This is due to children’s sense of adventure and lack of fear, and to their undeveloped cognitive skills.  They can happen when you least expect it, and in turn, an injury-based lawsuit could sneak up on you. As a teacher, supervisor, guardian, parent […]

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Unique Construction Laws Across the US

by RyanD September 4, 2013 Construction and Engineering

In essence, construction law is a blend of legal principles borrowed from contract law, equity law, tort law, statutory law, suretyship law, agency law and real estate law. See 1 Bruner & O’Connor Construction Law § 1:3. Particularly in recent years, construction law has become a unique and increasingly specialized field. Because construction law varies […]

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Sports Injuries: Who’s Liable?

by RyanD August 30, 2013 Accident Claims Law

There is no doubt that sports have become important part of life for many. It instills dedication and determination in someone and offers them fitness and stress relief, both extremely necessary in this day and age. Sports also involve social interaction and teamwork skills. However, participating in sports does pose the risk of injury. If […]

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Common Misconceptions of Bankruptcy

by RyanD August 29, 2013 Debt Recovery

If you find yourself in a difficult financial position the thought of declaring bankruptcy has probably crossed your mind a few times. It is important to meet with a bankruptcy lawyer to discuss your situation and the possible outcomes if you do file for bankruptcy. There are approximately 1.25 million Americans that declare bankruptcy each […]

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What to Do When Falsely Accused of Sexual Assault

by RyanD August 25, 2013 Criminal Law

It is hard to imagine being arrested or falsely accused of sexual assault when you know you are innocent, but false accusations may not be as rare at once believed. In fact, a 1996 study indicates that false accusations may account for 26 percent of all alleged cases. Given this alarming statistic, individuals should know […]

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What To Do at a Car Accident Scene for Insurance Purposes

by RyanD August 19, 2013 Accident Claims Law

When a person is in a car accident, there are many different things that they will need to take into account. First and foremost, one of the driver’s in the accident should immediately get in contact with emergency personnel. It’s important that 911 is called as soon as possible to send the necessary ambulance, fire […]

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Key Differences in Motorcycle Laws by State

by RyanD August 11, 2013 Transport

Most bikers are fond of taking road trips. Many claim the only way to see the country is to explore its highways and byways on a motorcycle. But bikers need to remember that the laws pertaining to motorcycle operation vary from state to state. Helmet Laws

 New Hampshire, Illinois, and Iowa have no motorcycle helmet […]

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Common Legal Issues with Off-Shoring Your Work

by RyanD August 2, 2013 Business

Companies regularly outsource different business processes, such as payroll, insurance claims, accounts payable/receivable, mortgage servicing and even tax return administration, to Foreign Service providers. This gives them the freedom to focus on other important areas of a project in which they have true expertise. Apart from the fact that there may be misuse of data […]

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What to Do if You Are Pursued by the IRS

by RyanD July 25, 2013 Tax Law

Almost every other day, there is news about a celebrity or executive accused by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of tax evasion. This governmental agency requires that individuals and businesses pay taxes on a “pay-as-you-go” basis. Many people and organizations, however, are not able to meet this stringent rule. This becomes problematic when the IRS […]

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