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September 2016 Archives

Can I Get Fired for Self-Defense?

If you work somewhere like a jewelry store, convenience store, bank, or anywhere else that deals in large amounts of cash or valuable items, you may think about how you would handle yourself in the event of a robbery or even an armed robbery. Your employer may provide closed circuit cameras, special alarm buttons, time-locked safes for cash, or simply a gun under the counter for security.

Five Myths about Medical Malpractice Cases

Being at the center of a medical malpractice case is a confusing, hurtful ordeal. You trust your doctors to take the best care of you and your family. So when you don't feel they have, you may feel confused and seek advice from friends, family, or the Internet. However, these are not the best sources of solid information on medical malpractice cases, how to know when you have a case, what to do to prove it, and how to win.

Three Things to Consider Before You Settle a Personal Injury Case

It can be difficult knowing what to do after you've been injured. Likely, once the party you believe is at fault knows you are talking to an attorney, you may suddenly feel pressure to settle your case out of court. But what does that mean?

President Obama Signs Executive Order Protecting LGBT Employees in the Workplace

In late July 2014, President Obama signed an executive order that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees from being discriminated against or fired based on their gender identity or sexual orientation. The order only affects federal contractors, which includes 24,000 companies and 28 million workers.

Who is Liable for Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice can be complicated. When most people think of suing for medical malpractice, they think mostly of suing the doctor. However, doctors are not the only medical professionals who can be sued for malpractice. In order to understand who can be sued for medical malpractice, it is important to understand what medical malpractice is.

Wrongful Death Resulting from an Automobile Accident

When a person dies in a car accident because of another person's actions, there are people who may be able to bring a wrongful death claim against the driver who caused the accident. It is important to understand what a wrongful death claim is and who may bring one. It is also equally important to know who can and cannot be sued for wrongful death.

Do Part-Time Workers Get Unemployment Benefits?

Losing a job is a real fear in today's economic climate, and unemployment benefits may be the only safety net that some people have. Unemployment benefits are not based on the job you just lost. If you lost a part-time job, you could still be eligible for unemployment benefits based on your work history.

Is Your Company's Bonus Structure Fair?

Income inequality made headlines in a big way after the hack at Sony revealing that everyone from CEOs to Oscar-winning actresses made less than their male counterparts. But at your workplace, such an enlightening breach is unlikely. What's more, many companies have confidentiality agreements that prohibit employees from discussing things like pay.

Medical Malpractice Lawsuits for Lack of Informed Consent

When you have a medical procedure or treatment, your doctor has a duty to fully inform you about the risks involved. A failure to fully inform you about risks can be medical malpractice. However, not all risks need to be disclosed to a patient. Because of this, it is important to understand what informed consent is and what your doctor needs to tell you. 

What is Compensation for Pain and Suffering?

You may know that if you get into an accident that isn't your fault, or is at least less than 50 percent your fault, you can recover damages from the person who injured you. This includes money to cover doctor bills, medications, hospitalizations, surgeries, physical therapy, and even lost wages or lost future earnings.

Filing Discrimination Claims with the EEOC

West Virginia workers may file discrimination claims under both state and federal law against their employers. This blog addresses filing discrimination claims under federal law with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee. Workers

How do I Get a Police Report Amended?

The police report is a key aspect of any accident settlement, since insurance companies rely on the police assessment of the accident in order to determine fault. In you live in a fault state like West Virginia, then fault is how it's decided who will pay for the accident. So what happens when you disagree with what the police report says?