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Mediation Explained (Mediation vs. Arbitration)

Our last blog featured a discussion of arbitration and its many forms.  Here, we will discuss mediation, a concept often conflated with arbitration. The Difference Between Mediation and Arbitration (and what about “Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)”?) In arbitration, an arbitrator or panel o…
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Arbitration Explained (What an Arbitration Clause Means for You)

Arbitration Explained The term “arbitration clause” seems to be used a lot lately, but how many of us actually understand what this means or how it impacts our own life? What is an Arbitration Clause? Arbitration clauses in contracts or other agreements force you to give up your right to file a…
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Lien on Me? Understanding the Workers’ Compensation Lien in Job Injury Cases

If you bring a lawsuit after being injured at work, you might be surprised to learn that part of your settlement will be given to your employer’s workers’ compensation company. This is because of the workers’ compensation lien. Why does this happen? First, you need to know that it is possible…
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Categories: Work Injuries

Learn to Reach for Safety - The Dutch Reach Saves Lives

Bereiken mean reach in Dutch. What does that have to do with safety in America?  Plenty. The Dutch are taught from early years to be alert and aware of cyclists.  The Netherlands is an almost pancake flat country with many cyclists present, even in the major cities.  Cyclists are ubiquitous, as a…
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UM, What is Uninsured Motorist Insurance?

Uninsured Motorist coverage, commonly referred to as UM, covers you when the person responsible for your injuries is not insured. But we live in a mandatory insurance state, you say, isn’t everyone insured? Well, they are supposed to be.  But some folks decide to tempt fate and not purchase insu…
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Mascara on the Ceiling

How did it get there?  In the disarray following the crash, as my client tried to unfog her brain and take stock of her injuries, she noticed mascara on the ceiling of her SUV, and she couldn’t quite understand how it got there. While sitting stopped in traffic, my client and her husband were sud…
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How Neuroscience is Changing Legal Decisions

This is Your Brain The law treats people a certain way based upon their understanding of right and wrong, and their relative sophistication in comprehending legal documents.  Much as an illiterate person may not be expected to agree to an 11-page contract drafted by a lawyer, a 7-year-old may not b…
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Slip and Fall Cases Explained

You trip on the walkway outside your neighbor’s house and break your ankle.  You need surgery and are in pain.  You will miss work for over a month too.  Can you sue your neighbor? Slip and Fall Types There are a couple of types of slip and fall or premises liability cases.  All of them have u…
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Distracted Driving and Safety for Young Drivers

Distracted driving is the biggest scourge to the safety of the roadways. Considering the average text takes less than 5 seconds to send, you would think that little time away from full attention would not matter much.  But you would be wrong. If a vehicle is traveling 55 miles per hour while texti…
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Teen Drivers

Teenagers, especially the male variety, are known to be poor decisionmakers.  Much of this is due to their brains not being fully developed, making it difficult for them to conceptualize how their actions may result in negative outcomes.  Add a 3,500 pound vehicle to the mix, put a mobile computer…
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