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3 Things That Should Be In Your Will

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A will, or “last will and testament,” is an important document to have. It is meant to carry out your final wishes but only when done right. There are online templates available, but the best way to handle writing a will is with the help of an attorney. Here are three things that should be spelled out in your will so you can be sure everyone is provided for and all your assets are properly distributed. Guardian for Children If you have minor children or an adult dependent with a disability, you’ll need to appoint a guardian for them. Talk with the person (or couple) first, and make sure they’re on board. You’ll also need to take into account their age and health. In other words, you may feel as though you only trust your elderly mother to care for your little ones. After all, she’s the one who watches them when you go shopping or don’t feel well. But that doesn’t mean that she can raise them full-time if something were to happen to you. You might have an aunt or a cousin about your age that would be a better fit. Guardians do not have to be family. They only need to be a legal adult that you trust, who is capable of fulfilling the role, and who has a genuine interest in your child’s well being. You can and should appoint an alternate in case they are unable to be a guardian, if and when the time comes. And you can choose a different guardian for each child if you have more than one. If you have any reason to suspect that a judge may question why you have appointed the person as guardian, you should write a letter that explains why that person was chosen. Asset Distribution One of the most important parts of your will is the section that covers how your assets will be distributed. If you have no idea where to begin, consider asking your friends and heirs what they would like from your estate, if anything. Then make a list of everything you own, along with their value, and who they should go to. It’s also a good idea to let your relatives know ahead of time who is getting what so there aren’t any surprises. Fighting over family heirlooms is a common problem when a family member dies, and handling this ahead of time can save your loved ones a lot of heartache. It’s unfortunate, but some people have family members that they expressly do not want to include in their will. If this is the case with you, those relatives need to be named as exclusions in your will. Otherwise, it’s possible they could have a legal right to claim certain items. Special considerations for real property: If you own real estate with someone else, like a spouse, and that person survives, they will usually inherit the property if they have “right of survivorship.” But this isn’t always the case, particularly if you own as “tenants in common.” It’s important to consult with an attorney that can advise you on how to handle the distribution of real property in your will. Executor An executor of a will is the person tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that your wishes...

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How Could a Recent Ohio Court Decision Affect Your Award of Work-Related Disability Benefits?

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If you’re like many others who live or work in the Buckeye State, you may not give much thought to the “invisible” benefits available to you, like workers’ compensation, until you become injured on the job. Not only can a workplace injury cause you to rack up some steep medical bills in a fairly short period of time, it could leave you unable to do your job (or any job) for the foreseeable future. Workers’ compensation insurance is designed to ease this stress by paying your lost wages, medical expenses, and other costs that have accrued since your injury. However, a recent decision of the Ohio Supreme Court could affect the type and extent of benefits you’re able to receive, especially if you’ve already made a workers’ compensation claim in the past. Read on to learn more about the nuances of this court decision and how it might affect your pending workers’ compensation claim.  What recent decision of the Ohio Supreme Court changed workers’ compensation benefits? In State ex rel. Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Servs., Inc. v Indus. Comm. the Ohio Supreme Court held that an injured employee who had already applied for and received permanent total disability (PTD) benefits could not subsequently apply for and receive permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits for an injury arising from the same set of circumstances.  The claimant in this matter was awarded PTD benefits based, in part, on her deteriorating psychological condition following a work-related injury. Following her award of these benefits, the claimant then filed for PPD benefits based on the physical impact of her disability. The Ohio Industrial Commission awarded these benefits, holding that the claimant was not prevented from further compensation for benefits based on conditions that were not the basis of the prior award (even if the accident or injury that led to both conditions was the same). The Ohio Supreme Court reversed, holding that the Industrial Commission had abused its discretion in awarding these benefits and that the statutes implicated in this decision did not provide any express authorization for both PPD and PTD benefits to be awarded to a single claimant. Although the Ohio legislature has enumerated some specific exceptions to this blanket rule, the statutes themselves were not found to authorize the award of both types of benefits to a single claimant; the Ohio Supreme Court therefore found that the Industrial Commission had overreached in coming to its interpretation.  How could this court decision impact your receipt of benefits?  This decision could have several tangible impacts on Ohio residents who are considering filing for workers’ compensation benefits. The first is the inability to receive both PTD and PPD benefits for a single injuring situation, even if these benefits are for different types of injuries. This means that you’ll need to make your first (and only) workers’ compensation claim as comprehensive as possible, including all physical and mental ailments you’ve suffered as a result of your on-the-job injury.   Even if you haven’t sought out any psychological treatment following your injury, it can be worthwhile to consult with a psychologist to ensure you aren’t leaving any benefits on the table, especially if your injury is of such a nature that you could end up with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) months or even years later. Failing to include mental injuries in your original claim could prevent...

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When You Witness An Accident: How To Keep Yourself Legally Safe If You’re The First On Scene

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If you witness an accident, particularly one where someone is seriously injured, your first instinct is often to jump into the fray to help the people who might have been affected. Being a good Samaritan is often part of good citizenship, but when it comes to accidents, it can actually cause more harm than good for both yourself and the victim. If you happen upon an accident before emergency crews arrive, here are some guidelines to follow to keep yourself out of trouble later. 1. If possible, do not touch injured persons. If an airbag deploys, if a person in unconscious, if a person is stuck, or if somebody is bleeding, it’s natural to attempt to remedy the situation and to desire to get get them out of danger. However, accidents, especially those caused at high speeds, can often cause unseen injuries that can be made worse if you attempt to move somebody who is injured. If you feel you must help, it’s best to look for a round-about solution. For example, if a person is thrown from a vehicle and lying in the road, he is then in danger of being struck again by oncoming traffic. Normally, you would simply move the body out of harm’s way. Instead, you can park your own car to make a barricade for other drivers to go around.  If you do move a person and their injuries are worsened because of your actions, in some cases you can be civilly liable for part of their injuries — yes, you could be sued for trying to help. Some states have Good Samaritan laws that protect those with helpful intentions, but they do not always apply.  2. Ask before providing assistance. In some cases, the victims of a car accidents are conscious and able to ask for or decline help. If the person is able to speak, always ask before you lend a hand. You need to get their express permission to do what you are planning to do. For example, if a person is stuck in the car and cannot release their own seat belt, you might say, “I am going to cut your seatbelt off. Is that okay?” Wait for them to respond before proceeding. This way, if you come under legal scrutiny later, you have a viable defense. If the person is deaf, mute, or does not speak your language, be especially cautious, because implied consent is more difficult to prove.  3. Hold off on the first aid. Even if you know advanced first aid, you should not jump into action to provide first response measures unless absolutely necessary. For example, on a busy highway, even minor accidents are easily reported, and response teams are not far away. Your actions simply will not be necessary and can even hinder paramedics who need to get people to the hospital in a timely manner. Things like splints for broken bones, shock positions, and wrapping wounds are just not needed from good Samaritan witnesses. If you slow emergency response teams with unnecessary first aid, you could be liable for injuries that worsened due to your actions. The only situations where your own first aid skills may be needed in accident response include: If the victim is not breathing and has no pulse. Then resuscitation...

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Tired Of The Same Old Fundraisers? Here Are 3 Fundraising Options That Include Alcohol

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Public libraries in Pennsylvania have found success when holding fundraising events that serve alcohol. In fact, one library’s annual wine and cheese pairing event raises roughly $10,000. If you are in charge of fundraising for a non-profit organization or are raising money to help a loved one pay for medical care, imagine how many candy bars or pizzas you would have to sell and cars you would have to wash to raise that same amount of money! Instead of going the traditional route, consider hosting an event that focuses, at least in some way, on alcohol. Here are a few ideas. Drink Wine & Paint Host an event in which the attendees become artists while sipping on wine. An instructor will guide the attendees while they recreate a painting through step-by-step instructions. If you organize this event yourself, you’ll need to purchase art supplies, hire an instructor, find a venue, obtain a special event liquor license, advertise, and sell tickets. Alternatively, you may be able to find a franchise in your area that specializes in these events, such as Painting with a Twist. You can let them do all the work while you take in a percentage of the profits after the franchisee takes their costs into consideration. Either way, you will need to choose a specific painting for the event. Include a photo of the painting on the tickets that will be sold to get into the door. That way, people will be able to see what they will take home from the event. Also, list the type(s) of wine that will be served. People will be more willing to part with their hard-earned money and buy a ticket for your fundraiser if they know what they’ll be painting and drinking at the event. Around the World An around the world party is one in which food and alcohol is served from various parts of the world, such as a wiener schnitzel and Riesling from Germany. This event can be held either as a traditional banquet or as a buffet. As a banquet, staff will serve the attendees while they are seated at their tables. As a buffet, the attendees will roam from one station to the next. Of course, you’ll likely need to hire a caterer (or several) for this event. This event can be held in a banquet room, a tent outdoors, or anywhere that does not prohibit the sale of liquor. Attendees will get a “passport” when they pay to attend the event, which will list the countries (or stations) where they will “travel” as they go around the world sampling food and alcohol. Of course, you’ll want to limit the number of stops in the “itinerary” so attendees won’t get too intoxicated and be unable to drive home. If not, it’s a good idea to station a taxi or two outside of the event, just in case someone goes around the world too many times. This is a great idea for a fundraiser because it is more unique and offers an experience rather than just a clean car or a piece of chocolate.  Microbrewery Oktoberfest Host a microbrewery beer tasting event that focuses on the choices that are available from local microbreweries. You can hold this event in a large tent to make it...

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Be Aware — Taking A Whiz Outdoors Could Land You On The Sex Offender Registry

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When you have to go, you have to go. Right? Although it’s not considered in good taste, it’s not uncommon for men to urinate in public when the urge is strong and more proper facilities can’t be found. Public urination was even the subject of a funny Seinfeld episode, where two of the main characters Jerry and George decided to take care of their business in a parking garage. But did you know that in reality, public urination could actually land you on a sex offender registry list? And that act isn’t the only seemingly minor offense that can leave a permanent mark on your record that could haunt you for a long time, if not for your entire life. Urinating in Public According to Slate, you could end up on a sex offender registry list if you are caught urinating in public in at least 12 states. Why? Because in these states, the act could be considered indecent exposure or public lewdness. And if you plead or are found guilty, you’ll need to register as a sex offender. And that means your neighbors, coworkers and anyone else interested in knowing whether they live near a sex offender can find your name and address in the database alongside rapists and pedophiles. Your crime will be listed, but not the important details that will let your coworkers know that your act was not as serious as they might assume. Other “Crimes” So what other relatively innocent crimes could land you on a sex offender registry list? Streaking. While you might think running naked in front of others is a funny gag, you could end up with an indecent exposure conviction. Being naked in your own home. If your door or windows are open and your neighbors can see you and complain to the police, the simple act of being naked in your own home could be considered a crime. Having a questionable picture on your phone. An assistant principal investigating a sexting incident at the high school he worked for had a copy of a partially undressed girl sent to his phone in front of other administrators as evidence. He was arrested on several charges, including possession of child pornography, and was also fired. Fortunately, his lawyer was able to get him cleared of all the charges. Flashing your breasts. Think that only men can end up on a sex offender registry? Then you would be wrong. A woman flashing her breasts or anyone flashing their tush could also be arrested for indecent exposure or lewd behavior. It’s important not to take an arrest for any of these types of “crimes” lightly and to hire a lawyer to defend you against all charges that may have been filed against you. Being on the sex offender list comes with many serious consequences. For example, it could seriously impact your ability to get a job or could even cause you to become the target of local vigilantes if they should discover your name on the sex offender registry. New Hope for Past “Crimes” In some states, laws have been passed that will allow people who have had to register for the sex offender list for these types of relatively innocent crimes to fight to have their names removed. In 2014, for example, Oklahoma, just such a law went into effect. Not surprisingly, hundreds of convicted “sex offenders” have now hired lawyers to...

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Can Dental Implants Cause Trigeminal Neuralgia?

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Although dental implants are up to 98 percent successful, complications can occur in a small number of cases. One possible complication that can arise is the trigeminal nerve may be damaged during the implant process which can lead to the development of a condition called trigeminal neuralgia. If you develop this condition as a result of negligence on the dentist’s part, you may be able to collect compensation for medical bills and other damages. Here’s more information about this medical condition. About Trigeminal Neuralgia Trigeminal neuralgia is a neuropathic condition characterized by chronic pain in the facial area. The pain is often described as shocking spasms that may last only a few seconds or occur on a continuous basis. Typically, the pain only occurs on one side of the face and usually around the eye, cheek, and/or lower jaw. Trigeminal neuralgia can be caused by a number of factors. In the case of dental implants, though, the condition can be triggered if the trigeminal nerve that runs through the lower jaw is damaged during the implant process. This can occur in a couple of ways. The dentist may accidentally cut or damage the nerve while removing a tooth or preparing the site for the implant. The dental implant itself can also be the source of trigeminal pain. If the implant post is placed too deep in the jaw, it may push against the nerve and cause a compression injury (i.e. damage due to constant pressure). Symptoms of this issue may occur right away but be mistaken for the normal discomfort associated with surgery. Symptoms of Trigeminal Neuralgia Damage to the trigeminal nerve must be repaired as quickly as possible; otherwise the injury could result in permanent dysfunction. This nerve is responsible for sending information about pain, touch, pressure, and temperature to the brain. So symptoms of trigeminal neuralgia may include: The onset of pain triggered by Changes in temperature Touching sensitive areas of the face Eating, talking, or brushing the teeth Wind Constant or repetitive stabbing pain on one side of the face Tingling or burning sensations in the face Muscle spasms in the face A complete loss of feeling in the face If you experience any of these symptoms after getting implants, the pain seems more severe than expected, lasts longer than the normal healing time (7 to 10 days) or doesn’t respond to the pain medication prescribed to you, contact your dentist right away. He or she can inspect the area using x-rays to help determine if the dental procedure or the implant has damaged the trigeminal nerve. Collecting Compensation for Injuries There is no cure for trigeminal neuralgia. Treatment typically involves the use of medication and various surgical procedures to minimize or eliminate the pain. Additionally, the pain from the condition can increase in severity and occur more frequently as time goes by. Getting compensated for the expense of treating the condition and the discomfort associated with it will be critical to your long-term care. Suing for dental malpractice involves showing the dentist did not perform the procedure according to the standard of care required by the industry. For instance, if the dentist didn’t properly study your x-rays and this led to the person cutting your trigeminal nerve by mistake, you could sue for negligence. The...

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3 Ways To Help Your Children Cope With Your Impending Divorce

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Although nearly half of all children will bear witness to the divorce of their parents, kids often feel alone in their pain and unsure with how to cope with the range of difficult feelings that arise. Kids of divorce frequently experience immense feelings of sadness, despair and isolation upon learning about the divorce and dealing with the repercussions of the split union. Mixed feelings are common too, as kids may feel relief upon having a break from household conflict. The main stressors on children are the fear of the unknown, fear of abandonment and hostile conflict between both parents. As you approach your impending divorce, you can mitigate these stressors with the three following tips. Allow Candid Q&A Sessions The ability to ask questions about the upcoming family changes and receive honest answers can ease the fear of the unknown kids often feel during divorce. Although you do not need to go into the exact details of the separation and divorce, it is important to let kids ask questions about the situation and its effects on their lives. With the right support, kids are resilient enough to handle and process bad news. Withholding potentially distressing information forces kids to come to their own conclusions about the cause of the divorce and the outcome for each member of the family. Throughout the divorce, give your children a chance to better understand the situation and grieve the loss of their established family unit and lifestyle. As with any loss, always offer reassurance and promote healthy coping skills to give your kids the best chance at quickly adjusting to the divorce.   Arrange Shared Custody The fear of abandonment comes from kids worried about losing contact with the non-custodial parent. The fear is not unfounded either, as more than 1/4 of kids completely lose contact with their father within three years of the divorce date. With this lost contact with a parent, kids often lose their connection to that entire side of the family as well. The best way to prevent this situation altogether is by attempting to arrange shared custody. A shared custody plan will split your children’s time between both new households to provide them with the chance to maintain their parental bonds. The time does not have to be 100% equal to ease your kids’ fears; they often just need to know that they will have time with both parents on a scheduled basis. Your attorney will look at both parties’ proposed custody arrangements to help identify a suitable agreement that will benefit your children’s wellbeing. Keep Arguments Amicable Arguments will undoubtedly come up while attempting to handle asset division, custody arrangements and other decisions associated with the divorce. Kids can benefit from seeing their parents argue, but the conflict must not be overtly hostile and needs to have an amicable resolution. When kids see their two main role models hashing out disagreements, they learn how to effectively argue their point and have confidence during conflicts. Introducing hostility into the equation, however, potentially teaches kids to infuse their arguments with disrespect and anger. If you cannot argue amicably with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, only engage in heated topics during mediation meetings. At these meetings, your attorney will remain by your side to assist when emotions cloud your ability to reach...

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Understanding How A Bankruptcy Filing Could Affect Your Auto Accident Injury Case

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If you’ve been in a car accident and you have a case pending for your injuries, the process can take some time. Unfortunately, if you’re not able to work during that time, it can also lead to serious financial concerns. If your debts are piling up and you’re struggling to make ends meet, you might be considering a bankruptcy filing. Before you file, though, it’s important to understand that bankruptcy could have an effect on your currently pending injury case. Here’s a look at what you need to know about how that bankruptcy filing can affect your auto accident case. You Must Disclose the Case If you have a pending accident case, you have to disclose that case as part of any bankruptcy filing. Since there’s the potential for a cash settlement in a car accident injury case, it’s viewed as an asset to the bankruptcy court. If you don’t tell the courts about your case in the initial disclosure, you may forfeit any money that your auto accident attorney may have otherwise obtained for you, and it could even cause you to have your bankruptcy petition refused. If you talk with an accident attorney before you file the bankruptcy, he or she may even be able to work with your bankruptcy trustee from the start. However, the way that your accident case is handled will vary based on what type of bankruptcy you file. Filing Chapter 7 If you choose to file a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, it will significantly alter your auto accident case. Your bankruptcy trustee will become the party of interest, taking over your role as the plaintiff in the case. The bankruptcy trustee will be the representative of your bankruptcy estate, and he or she will have complete control over litigation and settlement negotiations. You won’t have any control over the proceedings of the case at that point. Before the bankruptcy trustee can settle the case, the settlement will be presented to the bankruptcy judge for approval. The bankruptcy judge will then order that your creditors be paid first, which could mean that you don’t get anything from the settlement at all. In fact, the bankruptcy trustee has no obligation to negotiate a settlement that nets you a payment, because their primary concern is ensuring that your creditor balance is paid in full. It’s also important to note that if you file for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, any medical bills you incur after your filing won’t be discharged in the bankruptcy. This means that you’ll be responsible for paying those medical costs yourself. If you were significantly injured in the accident, you may find yourself coming through the bankruptcy case and still facing significant medical costs due to the accident. You won’t be able to go back to the other person’s insurance company for any more money in that case, because your bankruptcy trustee obtained the final settlement. Make sure that you aren’t facing any serious long-term treatments that could prove costly before you decide to add a bankruptcy filing to your pending auto accident case. Filing Chapter 13 Your accident injury case is handled differently when you file for Chapter 13 bankruptcy. This is a reorganization filing, and it’s often a better choice if you have a pending personal injury case. Chapter 13 will...

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What Tenants In Rental Housing Need To Know About Personal Injury Claims

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Tenants who become injured in residential properties are frequently unsure of whether they can bring a personal injury lawsuit against their landlords. There is no simple yes or no answer this question—landlord liabilities vary by state as well as by circumstance. Following are four major things that every tenant needs to know about personal injury claims and rental housing. Negligence Must Be Established One of the key elements that must be present in a successful personal injury lawsuit against a residential property owner is the establishment of negligence. For instance, if you slip and break your ankle while navigating the front steps of the apartment building in which you live, you probably won’t have automatic grounds for a lawsuit against your landlord unless the injury was the result of a condition that the landlord has been made aware of and has not repaired in a timely manner. This is why it is very important to always keep written documentation of requests for repairs—if you simply inform your landlord verbally that the steps are becoming too rickety to allow for safe passage, you’ve got no proof of that to offer the courts. Injuries Must Be Authentic In order to successfully sue your landlord for personal injuries, the injuries must be authentic. You cannot, for instance, slip and fall and immediately claim that you were hurt unless you can back your claim up with evidence supplied by a qualified health care provider.  You will need to provide the court with documentation of medical bills, lost wages, and any other financial looses that you have incurred due to the accident. In some cases, you may also be able to claim emotional distress, but this type of lawsuit is tricky and requires the assistance and guidance of an experienced personal injury attorney. The Injury Must Not Be the Result of Abnormal Behavior If you or a guest has been injured while on rental property and wish to file a personal injury lawsuit, it will need to be established that the injured party was behaving in a normal, reasonable manner. For instance, if the injury was caused by jumping up and down on the steps, you probably won’t be able to file a successful personal injury lawsuit even the if steps were in dire need of repair at the time. Unauthorized activity such as attempting to climb over a fence which consequently breaks and causes injury is also extremely unlikely to be valid cause for a lawsuit. Tenants May Be Liable in Some Cases If the conditions of your lease state that you are liable for certain maintenance tasks, you will probably not be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against your landlord if you have become injured as a result of your own failure to adequately perform these tasks. For instance, if your lease states that you must maintain the yard, you won’t have a case if you trip and fall over a blackberry vine that has grown out of control across your path. Furthermore, you may even face legal liability for this type of circumstance if a visitor should trip over the blackberry vine and sustain an injury. For this reason, it is very important for you to read and understand your lease as well as to adhere to any maintenance...

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How To Know If You’re At Fault After A Slip And Fall

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If you’ve been injured after falling on someone else’s property, you might want to know if you have a case. While many people assume that the property owner should always be held accountable for slippery floors and uneven pavements, this isn’t an accurate generalization. Sometimes liability rests on the owner, but occasionally it lies with the injured party. When you can distinguish between the two, you’ll have a better idea of whether or not you’re entitled to compensation. Property Owner’s Liability Determining fault in a slip or trip and fall case starts with establishing liability. You see, when you boil liability down to its basic elements, stores and other establishments have a duty to maintain a safe place for people to shop or otherwise hang out. In order to legally point the finger at the business after an injury, one of the following conditions must be proven: 1) The owner of the property, or one of their employees, must have done something to cause the floor or ground to become damaged, wet, worn, or torn. For example, suppose a grocery store employee accidentally cuts a water hose in the produce section, leaking water everywhere. Down the street at the drug store, a shopper spills her beverage in the magazine aisle. In the first scenario, an employee caused the floor to become slippery, whereas in the second scenario, a customer did. 2) The owner or employee must have known about the dangerous situation and done nothing about it. Suppose out of fear of getting in trouble, the grocery store employee from the above example tells no one about the leak, and fifteen minutes later, a customer falls and breaks her leg. The store would likely be held liable because the employee knew yet neglected to clean it up. Meanwhile, at the drug store where the customer spilled her beverage, the store’s employees don’t clean up the spill because they don’t know about it. If an injury were to occur, the store may not be liable. 3) The property owner should have known about the condition of the floor or ground because any reasonable person would have seen it or noticed it. If a customer spills a drink and a reasonable length of time goes by, the store could still be held accountable, even if the owner or employee didn’t cause or know about the spill. But in some cases, even if the store causes the slippery floor, they aren’t always at fault. In this lawsuit, a customer slipped on a pot sticker, falling and injuring her tailbone. Because employees had been passing out food samples, the plaintiff’s attorney argued that the store should have conducted frequent floor inspections. But the court actually sided with the store, saying that performing hourly inspections was sufficient.   Your Liability A personal injury attorney might ask the following questions about your involvement, state of mind, and even sobriety at the time of the accident in order to determine if you’re the liable party. 1) What was your reason for being at the scene? This may seem like a silly question, but in order to have a case you must have had a good reason for being in the area where the injury occurred. Not only that, but the property owner must have had a reason...

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