A Step By Step Guide For Dealing With A Car Accident

Even the most sensible drivers are at risk of getting into an accident. You can do everything in your power to make sure that you don’t crash but you’ve got no control over the other drivers. If they’re being reckless on the road, you might not be able to prevent an accident every time. The good news is, most accidents are only small collisions which aren’t that dangerous, as long as you know how to deal with the situation properly. If you don’t take the right steps in the immediate aftermath of a car crash, you can make the whole situation a lot worse than it needs to be. Here’s exactly what you need to do in the event of a car accident.

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Stop

This sounds pretty obvious but it’s worth mentioning. It’s absolutely essential that you stop the car if you’re in an accident, even if it’s just a tiny bump. It’s against the law to hit somebody or something and just drive away. You might think that you’re not going to get caught but you probably will, and you’ll end up in a lot more trouble than you would have done had you just stopped at the scene of the accident in the first place.

Once you have stopped, it’s important that you make yourself known to other drivers to avoid any further accidents. Put your hazard lights on and if you’ve got any reflective cones in the car, put them around the scene of the accident.

Call The Police

Now that you’ve protected the scene of the crash, you need to call the police. People don’t often think you need to call the police if it’s just a minor crash but you should every time. You’ll need to file a claim with your insurance company at some point and that’s a lot easier if there is a police record of the accident. They will also be able to decide whether either driver was at fault which is important when you’re making a claim. The police will get all of the relevant insurance details from each driver as well, which you’ll need later when you make a claim. Don’t touch anything before the police arrive, just let them do their job and stay out of the way.

Take Some Pictures

Insurance companies don’t part with their money easily, you can’t just ring them up and tell them how much the repairs are going to cost and expect them to start handing out money. They’ll need proof of the damage so you need to start taking some pictures on your phone of both cars right away. There’s always the chance that the other person may lie and exaggerate the damage to their car. That’s why it’s so important that you take plenty of pictures and document the crash properly.

See A Doctor

Even if you didn’t crash at high speed and you think that you’re fine, there’s always the chance that you could have whiplash or something like that. Just to be safe, you should go to see a car accident doctor and get yourself checked over. Any injuries that you have will also affect your insurance claim so it’s important that they’re documented by a professional. This is especially important if the crash is more serious and you end up having to take time off work, you might be able to claim money from the insurance for that loss of earnings. If you’re going to do that, you’ll need doctors records from immediately after the accident.

File An Insurance Claim

Now that you’ve checked everything is ok, you need to report the crash to your insurance company and make a claim. Most insurance companies require you to report the crash right away so don’t wait around. They take a while to sort the claim out too so the earlier you do it, the better. Make sure that you’re providing them with as much information as possible to make the process smoother. That’s where all of the photos that you took earlier come in. By sending evidence of the damage, you can put to rest any arguments with the insurance company about the cost of repairs on the car.

Get Back On The Road

This is a step that people don’t often consider but it’s an important one. Your car is a lifeline and without it, you’ll struggle to function on a daily basis. But getting back onto the road after a crash can be daunting. It’s only natural that you’re going to worry about another accident but there are things you can do to help. Fitting the car out with safety features like automatic braking or going to a driving course can all help you rebuild your confidence behind the wheel.

If you’re ever in a car accident, you need to follow these steps to the letter. If you don’t, you’ll make the whole thing way more stressful than it needs to be.

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Is Your Employer Really Treating You Right?

We all know that it is important to make sure you are being treated properly by those who employ you – but it is much more difficult to know whether this is actually the case or not. Finding out whether your employer is treating you completely right is a case of knowing what you deserve, legally and morally, and having insight into how the company operates as well. This is something that, by definition, the vast majority of employees in any given company do not have. Therefore, it can be noticeably hard for you to know whether you are getting everything you deserve from your bosses. It helps if you are aware of some of the major things that employers tend to be guilty of when it comes to their employees,so that is what we’re going to have a look at today.

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Correct Wages

Your pay is hugely important, for a number of reasons. Not only is it one of the main reasons you probably have the job in the first place – it is also a clear indicator of what your employer might really feel about you as well. By ensuring that you are being paid correctly, you can be sure that you are genuinely appreciated, and yet correct pay is surprisingly hard to come across, and often seems to only be getting less and less common. Wage theft in particular seems to be raising, and this is something you don’t want to put up with. If you feel that your employer is engaging in some subtle wage theft, then you might want to think about contacting the right law group for wage theft compensation, as this is a serious issue with will always need investigating. As long as you can be sure you are being paid correctly, you will likely be much happier with the job.

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Safety & Security

Something else you deserve is to be able to feel completely safe and secure within the workplace, and this is something which is particularly difficult to get right as well. Safety and security can be hard to come by in many jobs, but it is a legal and moral responsibility of the employer which you should make sure you are trying to champion at every turn. As long as you are, you should be able to get much more out of the job, and you will feel that you can feel a lot happier as you are actually carrying out the work as well.

Respect

Something else which is hugely important is to make sure that you feel you are respected in the workplace, and this can be tricky because a lack of respect can be a subtle thing which goes unnoticed for a long time. You deserve to feel respected, however, so if you don’t you should make sure to look into this so that you can feel better about your work. It is both a basic politeness and a hugely important concern.

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What to do When You Become the Victim of Medical Malpractice

Being betrayed and let down by your doctor is genuinely one of the most shocking things you can experience. When you go to a doctor, you’re right to assume the best care and the best expert diagnosis and treatment. And that’s exactly what the vast majority of doctors will provide you with, but there’s always going to be a small change of things going wrong when you use a doctor.

When you are let down, this is known as medical malpractice. It means that the doctor or medical professional has failed to care for you to the standard expected of a doctor. Rather than just accepting this and moving on, there is a process of steps you should go through in order to get justice if you feel that’s the right thing to do. Read on to learn more about what you should do when you become the victim of medical malpractice

Get the Second Opinion of Another Doctor

Before you go any further, you need to think about your health and see exactly what damage was done by the negligence or malpractice of the previous doctor. This will involve heading it another doctor and seeing what they have to say about it all. They will help to get your healthy back on track and hopefully right the wrongs that have been done. On top of that, their testimony regarding what’s been done to you should also help you out later in the process.

Weigh Up Your Options

Next, you should think about what the best way forward is. In most hospitals and medical facilities, there will be a process that you can follow to help you to lodge a complaint that can then be reviewed and assessed by the hierarchy of the company. You should see if that’s something you can pursue; in most cases, this is the best way forward, so get that started. On top of that, you might want to pursue legal routes to get the compensation you feel you deserve

Find a Lawyer

You’ll definitely want to find a lawyer if you choose to take a legal route with all this. Sure, you could explore the option of representing yourself in court, but this rarely ends in anything other than tears for most people. You can visit website if you want a recommendation. See what they have to say and take things from there. Just be sure to shower a lawyer who knows what you need and can take appropriate steps to take your medical malpractice case forward.

Record and Compile Evidence

As well as the testimony from your new doctor, you might want to compile other forms of evidence to show people exactly what you’ve been through as a result of your doctor’s malpractice. This might include your general medical records that will track your health and your problems since the malpractice. And you might even want to write down your experience and take photos if that’s relevant to what you’ve been experiencing. The more evidence, the better it’ll be for you later.

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Listen to the Guidance of Your Lawyer

Once you have a lawyer in place and they’re working on your case for you, you should respect their expertise and listen to what they’re saying. There’s little point hiring a lawyer if you’re going to take the lead and make decision independent of their expert legal guidance. Remember, they’re working for you and they’re trying to secure the best possible outcomes for you in the long-term. If you follow their lead, you’ll achieve the best possible outcomes.

Prepare for the Case

By preparing the case properly alongside your lawyer, everything will be properly organized and ready to go when your day in court finally does come around. You should try to remember that and don’t rush through things. It’s only natural for you to want justice and compensation sooner rather than later given what’s happened to you, but you can’t simply skip past due process or rush things because that never ends well. Let your lawyer set the pace and be sure to get things right.

Alongside Your Lawyer, Present Your Evidence and Make Your Case

When the time finally does come for you to present your case and your evidence to the court, you should do it in a calm and objective way. Sure, this probably a very emotional and personal thing for you, but letting your emotions run away from you is not the way to achieve the outcomes you want to achieve through this process. Let your lawyer support and guide you through all this. That way, you’ll achieve the outcomes you want to.

Succeed in Court

In the end, it all comes down to the facts of what happened. If you and lawyer know for a fact that you’ve been the victim of medical malpractice, and you present your case in the proper and professional way, you can expect to come out the other side with the right outcome. There’s no doubt about that. So it will only be a matter of time before you find the success you’re aiming for if you get all of the this stuff right.

Find a New Doctor Who You Know You Can Trust

Finally, when all this is done and you have compensation for what you went through, you should seek to find a permanent doctor that you can use and trust going forward. Given everything you’ve been through, it might be a little hard to trust the judgment of any doctor. But try to rebuild bridges with someone who’s professional and who has a good track record. There’s no alternative to that.

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No one wants to find themselves dealing with a medical malpractice case because we all trust our doctors. That makes it even more difficult when they let you down or make a mistake, but it’s important to take the right action to put things right and help you to get back on track sooner rather than later.

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What Does Drinking Do To Your Driving?

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Drunk driving laws are some of the most commonly broken rules on modern society. With so many people on the road, it can often feel as if these things aren’t applicable to you, especially as the number of cars grows. You trust yourself to drive safely, and feel confident in your abilities on the road, even when you’ve had a couple to drink. Of course, though, being confident isn’t what you need to be secure while driving. To help you out with this part of life, this post will be exploring some of the different ways which alcohol will change the way you drive, along with some of the issues which come with it.

Confidence: Being overly confident when at the wheel is a quick way to spell trouble for most people. It will make you do things which you wouldn’t normally do, ultimately putting yourself and other people at risk. Of course, while this sort of bravado will be great on the night out, it won’t be good behind the wheel, and is a key contributor when it comes to road accidents all over the world. Having skills is very different to believing you have them, with a lot of people misjudging what they will be able to do when a moment of panic strikes.

Judgement: Hazard awareness and judgement are very important to driving, with those controlling cars having to stay very attentive. Alcohol tends to lower reactions times, make it harder to notice threats, and will often cause people to make mistakes involving judgement, making it very bad for this side of the activity. This is why so many people are willing to fight when they are drunk. The normal warning signs stop firing, and this makes it hard for people to avoid situations which they would never encounter on a normal day.

Reflexes: Reflexes can be a very powerful tool, often taking over and controlling you when you don’t have the chance to react consciously. This makes people break, swerve, and perform other emergency actions to avoid accidents and stay safe. Of course, this also applies of the road, and people are often very good at keeping themselves safe. By hampering your reaction times, drinking can ruin this inbuilt safety feature. Not a lot of people look at drinking in this way, making it hard for governments to crack down on it.

Distractions: You mind is very good at delegating tasks and making sure that the most important are handled first. When you are doing something which requires focus, like driving, this stops you from being distracted by little things outside of your car. When you aren’t sober, though, even the smallest things will be easy to be fixated on, even if it means you have an accident as a result. While people are often able to recover from being distracted while they are sober, the same can’t be said when they have had a drink, and you have to be careful to avoid this.

Legal Standing: When you have an accident on a modern road, there are loads of ways for police to test whether or not you’ve had too much to drink. Even if the accident wasn’t your fault, being even slightly over the legal limit could make it impossible to get compensation for the loss of your property. You can find more information about this sort of issue around the web. If you’re worried about something like this, though, it could be worth looking for a professional to help you, as this will help to secure the best results.

Falling Asleep: Everyone has experienced the impact of a heavy evening of drinks at least once in their life. In this state, it can be very easy to drop to sleep, with your belly full and mind swimming. While this won’t cause an issue when you’re at home, falling asleep behind the wheel can be catastrophic. A surprising amount of accidents are caused by people drifting off at  the wheel. Of course, if you’re drunk, waking up to your car about the crash will make it almost impossible to do anything about it, as you’ll still be suffering with the other challenges on this list.

Hopefully, this post will inspire you to stick to the law on this occasion, avoiding drink driving whenever you can. It can be hard to spend nights drinking soft drinks and waiting for other people to be ready to go home. When it comes to your safety, though, this will always be worth it, and will be a small price to pay.

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Repair, Recovery and Rights: Dealing With an Unexpected Accident

The moment you get into your first car accident is one of the scariest times of your life. The sudden panic and fear that rushes through your body is indescribable. It can truly happen to anybody, even the safest of drivers. When you are involved in a car accident there are many things you need to remember. Firstly, you need to make sure that you haven’t sustained any serious injury from the crash. Then you need to make sure you take the relevant legal path that is going to bring you the closure you deserve. Here is what to do if you ever find yourself in the unfortunate event of a car crash.

Your Legal Rights

When an accident wasn’t your fault you shouldn’t allow the perpetrator to get away with their mistake that easily. You should look for advice from The Rybak Firm, who can let you know your rights as the victim in a car accident. You might be entitled to compensation and you will be given full support from an attorney along the way. Don’t sit back and allow someone to get away with it; find out your legal rights and take action straight away.

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Recovery Time

If you have been in a car accident you need to allow yourself time to recover both mentally and physically. Getting back on the road straight away isn’t always a good idea as you might have developed some sort of anxiety towards the road that you’re unaware of. Give your body time to heal if you have been injured and let yourself rest for a while before embarking on a long journey. Seek medical advice from your doctor too; they will be able to tell you if it is safe for you to get back on the road.

Car Repair

Your car will probably be in a state of disrepair after a car crash, but there is no point in dwelling on this type of annoyance. Visit your local car body repair shop and ask them if the problems are easily fixed. If you’re lucky they will be able to repair the damage quickly. If you were in a really bad accident you might need to look into buying a new car. Still, there is no need to rush the process. As long as you are safe and on the mend that is all that matters.

Be Patient

It takes time to fully get over a life changing incident such as a car crash. It is likely that after the crash you will need time recuperate and get over the terrifying ordeal. Depending on the scale of the collision, your employer might recommend you take a little time off work. Be patient with yourself and don’t force yourself back into normal life if you aren’t quite ready to do so.

Nobody ever expects to be in a car crash and hopefully you never will be. If you are unfortunate enough, at least you now know how to deal with it every step of the way.

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How to Help a Loved One Recover After an Accident

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Accidents happen all the time but somehow we never think that they will happen to us. While you might take every precaution when driving or at work, you simply can’t predict what other people might do. Worse, there’s nothing you can do to prevent a loved one getting caught in an accident.

Though accidents are never pleasant, you can help make the aftermath much easier for your loved one. While they may struggle to make any real decisions about their care or not know whether they can get compensation or how to get it, you can step in to make sure that they get the best treatment and care possible.

Choose the Right Hospital

If your loved one requires surgery after their accident, you should look at which hospital will be right for them. Contrary to what you might think, the right hospital may not be a world-famous teaching hospital but a smaller rural hospital with excellent ratings. When you are helping them choose where to go, have a look at the data produced by the hospitals and don’t be mislead by advertising.

Surgery can be quite scary so another factor you should think of is how close you will be to the hospital. If you need to travel and stay in a hotel close-by this will add a lot to your expense whereas if you can choose somewhere closer to home you will be more comfortable.  

Get a Lawyer’s Advice

In many cases, where there is an accident, there is someone at fault. Perhaps the accident was at work where someone did not perform their due diligence or maybe your loved one was in a road accident on our ever more dangerous roads. Whatever it was, it is worth contacting a lawyer to see if you could claim compensation – especially to pay for earnings, necessary surgeries and other damages.

If you have a family lawyer, you could contact them for a recommendation, otherwise you should search for a lawyer with plenty of experience in dealing with your type of case. For example, if your loved one was hit by a drunk driver, you might contact a practice with lots of experience dealing with drunk driving injuries as listed under our practice areas.

Be There No Matter What

As your loved one recovers and life returns to your more regular routines, it is important that you also watch out for mental health issues that may appear or flare up. Post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety may all appear after an accident. The sooner you notice and start treating a mental health condition, the easier it will be to recover from.

After finding the best professionals to help support and fight for your loved one, the very best thing you can do is be there for them. Having an accident can be terrifying and recovery is an isolated process in many cases. Just knowing that you will come and visit as well as hold their hand through the hard bits will make all the difference in the world.

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The True Cost Of Hiring An Employee

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The simple fact you have clicked on this post means a congratulation is in order. You’ve grown your enterprise to a place where you need to employ someone to help you manage the workload. That’s amazing. That’s a testament to you working hard and making your dreams become a reality. However, before you jump into the whole hiring process and start writing job descriptions to put on a bunch of job boards, you might want to take a deep breath first and then work out the true cost of employing someone.

This isn’t to put you off. No way. It is to make sure that you don’t get caught by surprise. It is to help you budget effectively. It is also to help you understand just what goes into hiring someone.

So, without further ado, here are all the costs you need to be prepared to fork out for; costs that go well beyond just their salary:

  1. The Matter Of Recruitment

If time is money, then one of the major costs involved in all of this is the time you spend looking for the best candidate to fill the role you have going. There is writing the job descriptions, posting them to the different sites and reading through all the applicant responses, most of which will be frustrating and time-wasting because they’re from job hunters sending blanket responses. Of course, the other option is to hire a recruitment firm, which comes with its own costs.

  1. What About The Benefits

Employee’s don’t just look at what the base salary of a job is anymore. They want to know what other benefits and perks they will be getting, which is why you need to work out what they will cost. We’re talking about things like bonuses, healthcare costs, life insurance, retirement plans, disability coverage and all of these typical job benefits. And that’s without going into the new trend of perks like free fruit and food and drinks, and taking your team on team-building exercises and tickets to special industry events. It all adds up.

  1. Let’s Not Forget Legalities

The moment you go from solo entrepreneur to employer, you’ve gotta understand that you’re about to shoulder a whole new set of obligations and responsibilities in the eyes of the law. One look at Garrity Insurance and you’ll see there are things like general liability insurance and workers compensation insurance, as well as employment laws to adhere, tax obligations to know about, overtime stipulations and, yes, even rules when it comes to firing employees. Our advice: don’t go it alone on the legal front.

  1. The Rise Of The Overheads

The last thing you need to think about is how much your overheads will go up with the addition of a new employee. There will be new furniture to supply, new technologies, new software and tools. Then there are the office supplies that mustn’t go unnoticed, and the increase in heating bills and telephone usage and all sorts. We’re not saying the smaller things will be life-changing, but they will need budgeting for.

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