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Personal Injury Law Firms

Custom Legal Marketing, a company providing marketing solutions to law firms, has conducted a study that found common practices among top-ranking personal injury law websites. The recently published report revealed that WordPress, the widely used blogging and content management system, powers half of the top ranking personal injury law websites.

Although it is has been known that WordPress is incredibly popular, the idea is that WordPress is used by websites to achieve high ranking results should be a wake up call for low ranking websites and law firms who wish to work to rank their pages higher. The team that conducted this study looked at several commonalities between websites considered when searching keywords associated with personal injury law. This included the responsiveness of layouts, custom designs and content management systems. It was for the content management system category that the researchers found the use of WordPress among the highest ranking pages. WordPress was the clear winner, although they were not able to establish a runner up.

WordPress is free-to-use but with a paid version available as well. A majority of the most popular pages were found to be using the paid version of WordPress, which likely gives them more features to play around with and influence their pages’ ranking possibilities. When checked against the competitive search terms applicable to personal injury law, this was found to be the case.

American lawyers can set a great example here of leveraging the best, easy to use and often cheapest technology to achieve high results. In the digital age, getting your page to rank takes efforts but the outcome can be very beneficial to your firm.

Steps to Ensure a Personal Injury Claim

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 4.06.26 PMBeing involved in an injury or a similar situation can be taxing for anyone involved. To add on to that stress, the possibility of taking the legal route can be a huge burden for someone to carry. But before embarking on the possibly lengthy and expensive procedure, you should be fully prepared by making sure that you have all the necessary facts and information before filing the motion.

One of the first things to consider is whether or not you actually have a case. Was this personal injury due to someone else’s negligence or through your own? Do you actually have a true case? Before you file an actual case, you want to make sure you meet some basic requirements. Please note that meeting these requirements don’t necessarily mean that one will have a successful case. These suggestions just ensure that you will have a justifiable viable case and will reduce the risk of said case being dismissed.

One of the first things you need to look for is the presence of a duty. In every situation and injury case, there is a duty from the proposed defendant to the claimant. For example, if it snows, it is the property owner’s duty to ensure that the their property is safe and free from ice. In this instance, you are preventing any possible injuries to a claimant.

Once the presence of a duty is established, a breach of said duty needs to be established. Piggybacking off of the snow example, if the snow and ice is not removed from the property, the owner of said property will be at fault and liable for a suit. In addition to the breach of a duty, there needs to be a physical injury that takes place in order for a suit to be justifiable. The claimant needs to sustain an injury that can be either physical, emotional, or financial and there needs to be evidence and proof of said injury.

Finally, once you have established the aforementioned requirements, the claimant needs to prove causation between the breach of duty and the injury. In other words, the claimant must prove that the defendant’s actions were directly culpable for the claimant’s injuries. Going back to the snow example, the claimant has to prove that the property owner was negligent in removing the snow and ice, therefore causing the injury.

Before filing a personal injury claim, one needs to ensure that they have all of the above requirements in place. Failure to check these can result in a dismissal of a case. On the other hand, a defendant needs to make sure that all laws are abided by in order to prevent a personal injury case. If you are a property owner, be sure to check all regulations and laws in order to prevent future claims.

Getting Compensated for Emotional Distress

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In many personal injury cases, emotional distress is a major aspect of the recovery procedure.  From the outside perspective, people rarely consider the grief that comes from not being able to go on a stroll after work, the impact on one’s love life, or the belittlement of having to constantly ask for help when thinking about the recovery process for a broken leg. People seldom consider the pain of not being able to work with one’s hands, return a firm handshake, or play a game of catch when addressing the recovery for a damaged thumb. Often, if you are successful in winning a personal injury lawsuit, you can qualify for additional compensation for pain and suffering respective to your injuries.

The amount and accessibility of compensation for emotional grievances is heavily dependent on the nature and causation of the injury, and the jurisdiction in which the lawsuit is filed. Even if you don’t file a suit in court, a negotiation may be arranged through insurance to compensate you for emotional damages.

The list of symptoms that may qualify for emotional damage occupy a wide basket – sleep loss, depression, anxiety, despair, broken relationships, loss of enthusiasm or energy, suicidal thoughts, many from a long list of phobias, etc. Needless to say, evidence of emotional distress must be evident and true for the plaintiff to be convincing of a real need. After all, it isn’t uncommon for victims to feign emotional damage in order to cash in on a higher settlement. But if the need exists, don’t be abashed in addressing it in court, or among your insurers. Emotional damages are a dynamic aspect of many personal injury cases, and shouldn’t warrant embarrassment, loss of pride, or personal humiliation.

Legal Custody & Physical Custody in North Carolina

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Custody law for divorcing parents is complex and can very emotional. In order to faithfully address the multitude of situations that could arise from such a sensitive process, North Carolina law breaks custody law into two categories. A judge decides independently for each type whose custody will best serve the interests of a minor child.

Physical Custody

Physical custody is the kind of custody most parents understand right away. It’s the actual time spent serving as active guardian of a minor. In North Carolina, one parent typically receives primary custody of children, the other secondary custody. Primary custody means that the parent will be with the child more than half of the time. Sometimes custody is awarded equally, but only in rare cases will a court award sole custody to one parent. This would usually mean that the other parent’s visitation rights are limited or even prohibited.

Legal Custody

Legal custody is all about making important life decisions for a child, including ones concerning religion, education, and medical. A court will determine what is in the child’s best interest, typically awarding equal legal custody to both parents. This means that parents must come to mutual agreement before major decisions are made. It is less common, but sometimes sole custody is awarded to a parent, empowering them to make decisions for a child without consent from the other parent.

James Rawlson North CarolinaSeeking legal counsel from a family law attorney is highly recommended for those involved in a custody dispute. It’s important to have someone with a deep understanding of North Carolina law as it applies to your specific case. James Rawlson is a family law attorney based in Raleigh.

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5 Expert Tips To Prepare For A Deposition

If you have a personal injury deposition on your horizons, it is a good idea to learn as much as possible to build a solid foundation for yourself. Your ignorance can be disastrous for your case and will only lead to trouble down the line. Follow these important tips from industry expert James Rawlson to help yourself prepare for your deposition and make the most of your legal case.

Here is what you need to know before your deposition:

Mentally Prepare: If you are not mentally prepared for your deposition, you are likely to break down from the pressure, make mistakes, or embarrass yourself. Depositions can be long, draining experiences and some mental preparation can go a long way to making it a smoother and less stressful process. You are going to have to relive your past in substantial detail, so familiarize yourself completely with the incident in question.

Get Medical Records: Find out exactly what is in your medical records from before and after the incident. You want to know about any documented complaints regarding previous injuries, pains, etc. It will become much more difficult to make a personal injury claim if there is proof of your suffering the same pain before your incident.

Make a Good Impression: When dealing with anything in the legal industry, it is a good idea to dress as you would for an interview. You can be your own authentic self in your day to day life, but you want to look clean-cut and professional for a deposition. The bottom line is that you don’t want to distract from your relevant facts and answers. Cover up any tattoos, remove unconventional jewelry, and be polite for the entirety of your deposition.

Be Honest: Above all else, tell the truth. Don’t be scared to say you don’t understand a question or don’t remember a particular fact. You won’t be penalized for requesting clarification, but you will be if you answer something incorrectly — ignorance is no excuse. If you are not 100% sure of an answer, it is a good idea to preface it with “as far as I recall” so that you can edit that answer later if need be.

Be Concise & Accurate: A good rule of thumb is to keep your answer to about a sentence long. If you find yourself providing long storylines and going off-topic, then you should consider limiting yourself to a shorter answer. You want to give honest, accurate information, but you don’t want to reveal more information than the other attorney is asking of you.

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