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Forced Arbitration Clauses In Employment Contracts Hinder Justice For Those Who Have Suffered Harassment or Discrimination

When you sign your employment contract, you probably are not looking for hidden clauses talking about forced arbitration. However, many people are surprised when they are sexually harassed or discriminated against at work and are unable to take their case before a jury. Forced arbitration clauses essentially take away employees’ Seventh Amendment right to have their case heard publicly in front of a jury. Instead, they are forced to settle in arbitration and keep their case entirely confidential....

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Why Teen Drivers Crash

Teen drivers have a higher crash rate than adults and it is important to understand why these young individuals are much more prone to accidents than any other age group in order to help address the problem. Of course, there is more than one reason that contributes to their high crash rate, which includes speeding, distractions, and general inexperience. If you have been driving for several years, chances are you are better at responding to emergencies or other unexpected incidents you might encounter on the road. Teen drivers, however, inherently lack this....

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Do I Need To Pay Taxes On My Settlement?

If you have reached a settlement or obtained a judgment following a car accident or personal injury matter, you may be wondering, “Do I still have to pay taxes for my compensation?”The answer is often, “No.” However, you may have to pay taxes based on the circumstance and nature of your settlement or judgment....

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6 Tips for a Preventing Workplace Injuries

The workplace can be a dangerous environment if not properly cared for and maintained, leading to a wide range of injuries, some of which might result in an employee’s inability to return to work. Employers have an obligation to ensure the workplace is safe to prevent these unnecessary and avoidable injuries, as well as to avoid potential fines for non-compliance. Although many of us typically associate hazardous work environments with factories, warehouses, or construction sites, any workplace can cause injuries if certain safety practices are ignored, even a traditional office setting....

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Why Night Is The Most Dangerous Time To Drive

Nighttime is one of the most dangerous times for drivers to be out on the road due to a variety of reasons, including fatigue, lack of light, and poor night vision. These conditions often create the perfect storm for accidents to occur, causing serious or fatal injuries. If you were injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligent or careless actions, you have a right to pursue legal compensation. The personal injury attorneys Hyland + Padilla, PLLC are here to provide you with the skilled and experienced legal assistance you need to hold any at-fault party responsible....

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Ways You Can Promote Safety on the Road

Thousands of people die every year in traffic accidents and, sadly, most of them are actually preventable and often result from negligence. According to the National Safety Council, about 40,000 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2016, the majority of which were caused by alcohol, speeding, and distracted driving. If you were injured in an accident caused by another driver’s negligence, you must seek legal representation to ensure you receive the fair and just compensation you need to cover your medical expenses and lost wages. The Durham car accident attorneys at Hyland + Padilla, PLLC are here to fight for you...

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Summer and Swimming Pool Injuries

Summer is incoming, which means an increase in the amount of swimming pool accidents starting in late May and early June. According to some statistics, fatal drowning accounts for the second-highest cause of unintentional deaths for children ages 1 to 14. Other potential injuries could lead to life-long debilitating conditions. Before you go swimming, here are a few possible accidents to avoid....

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How Do Insurance Companies Determine Pain & Suffering?

It’s no secret insurance companies are often reluctant to pay injury claims. It’s unsurprising. They make the majority of their money by taking premiums from their policyholders, and by paying for damage, they stand to lose a significant amount of money. They typically, therefore, investigate each claim with utmost care, looking for anything that could slightly resemble a loophole or a lie. For example, they must determine if a claimant is actually experiencing pain and suffering before they will compensate that individual....

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Who’s Liable If I’m Injured As A Passenger In An Uber/Lyft?

When you hop in an Uber or Lyft with a couple of friends, you don’t expect to get into a car collision. However, plenty of these accidents occurs every day. As Uber and Lyft ridesharing companies are a relatively recent phenomenon, people might not know how to handle injuries and damages if an auto accident occurs....

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Common Car Accident Injuries By Area

Car accidents are some of the most common types of accidental injury. People will file at least one vehicle collision claim every 17 or so years. The injuries that result from an accident can also vary, as the severity of the crash, the location of the collision, and the protection offered by the car can often determine how serious the damage is. Here are a few of the most common types of car accident injuries by area of the body....

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