What You Need To Know About Slip And Fall Injury Lawsuits

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The term “slip and fall” refers to incidents where a person literally slips or falls on someone Else’s property. If the person is injured then this falls under a “premises liability” case and the property owner may be held legally responsible for that person’s injury.

Several Dangerous conditions such as torn carpets, wet floors, changes to flooring, poor lighting and narrow stairs may cause a person to slip, fall and become seriously injured. The same rules apply to someone that falls outside as a result of a cracked sidewalk or falls down a flight of stairs. There is one common denominator that separates a strong case from a weak one and that is the fact that the plaintiff must sustain an injury in order to be compensated.

There is no set way of determining who is responsible for your injuries if you slip and fall. The case is based on 2 important factors. The first is whether the owner of the property took precautions to make the environment safe and secondly, the court will look at whether you were reckless or careless in practicing precaution before you were injured. You must be able to prove that a dangerous condition brought about your injury and in order for the owner to be held liable, you must prove that the owner was aware of this hazardous condition and chose to do noting about it. The dangerous condition must pose an unreasonable risk to the plaintiff and they must be able to prove that they were not aware of the condition. So it must be something that people would not ordinarily look out for. The onus is also on the victim to prove that the owner of that the hazardous condition existed for such a lengthy period of time that the owner should have corrected it prior to the injury happening.

In some cases, with slip and fall injury lawsuits the court may find that the injury was caused by carelessness and lack of precaution on the plaintiffs side. In this case, the plaintiff has failed to bring adequate evidence to light in order for the court to find the owner guilty of negligence and premises liability.

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The Basics Of Wrongful Termination Claims

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Have you been recently laid off? Did you know you could receive compensation if your feel you were wrongfully fired? Here are the basics for wrongful termination claims you didn’t know about.

What Constitute Wrongful Termination Claims?

You are liable for a claim if the manner of your firing violate any anti-discriminatory laws of the state. You can also be compensated if you were laid off through a sexually harassing ploy, if the employer went against contract agreements or when the employer violates labor laws inclusive of the collective bargaining laws. Lastly, you are liable to be compensated if you were laid off because of laying a complaint against your employer.

Post-firing Tips That Help

Even after being laid off, never act out of anger and say or act negatively towards your employee. Find a suitable lawyer experienced in employee rights and seek their advice on the matter; they can also be your representative. Enquire from your employee the real reasons behind your termination and if possible the specific person who made the decision to lay you off.

Additionally, enquire for your personal employee file and try negotiating a severance package with your employer. If they agree on the severance package, make sure they put it in writing. Then take back any company property in your procession before fully engaging the lawyer to act on your behalf. In all dealings, do not allow yourself to be intimidated by the lawyer.

Tips for a Negotiation

Once you have the lawyer on your side, it’s time to discuss the procedure for your severance package. Ensure you remain calm during the entire negotiation process after termination. With your lawyer, think over the offer your employer offers and see if it truly benefits you; never just automatically access an offer you haven’t brainstormed with a legal expert. It will also be a plus if you convince your employer to keep you on medical coverage, as you receive your severance pay, at least until your next job.

By negotiating your wrongful termination claims, you can get a good severance package out of it. This works better compared to planning malicious moves against the employer and the company.  If you haven’t been temporarily terminated, an employee rights lawyer can help negotiate re-employment for you.

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Can You Sue For Death Or Injury Of Your Pets?

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There are many people out there that are animal lovers and want to know if they sue for death or injury to their pets. If your pet in injured or dies, you can get monetary compensation. However, this can only happen if you file a criminal charge for cruelty to animals and the perpetrator is caught and convicted. The court may then decide to grant compensation for economic loss a part of the punishment. You may also receive compensation if you file a civil lawsuit. This should be done with the help of a lawyer. You may also file a lawsuit in small claims court. These courts are designed to be user friendly and less complicated, so you can file a lawsuit without a lawyer.

Can You Sue For Death or Injury of Your Pets

One of the things you should bare in mind is that even if you win, you should not expect much money as the courts usually limit the payout to the cost of replacing or getting another pet. Most lawyers are not keen on taking on these cases for this reason. So because of the low payout, you may end up spending more on lawyers fees than you are able to recover from the case, if you decide to hire a lawyer.

If you can prove that the actions of the guilty party were malicious and intentional, you can sue for punitive damages. In many states, companion animals are recognized as having sentimental value and they understand that these animals cannot simply be replaced. This is why the court may also grant compensation for emotional distress. If you can prove that the death of your pet was intentional, then you have a criminal case to file. However, if it was merely an accident, you need to file a civil lawsuit or take your case to small claims court. In most cases it is best to simply represent yourself in small claims court as the compensation you are likely to receive is not huge and you want to avoid unnecessary and costly lawyers fees.

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