Monday, June 29, 2015

How to Handle Workplace Injury Video Evidence

If you’re planning to file a lawsuit against your employer whose negligence, you believe, was instrumental to the injury you sustained at work, you need to immediately start collecting evidence that would help your case. It is best to consult a personal injury lawyer on the possible sources of evidence, such as incident reports, your medical records, and photos of the workplace area where the accident happened.
If you think there is available video footage of the accident, be cautious in obtaining this, and make sure that you act under the guidance of your lawyer. The surveillance footage could either be favorable to your legal complaint (i.e., it clearly shows employer negligence), or be used against your case by the defense team. 

Requesting for the Footage
You must follow due process when requesting for videos from your employer or your employer’s surveillance company. Make sure you get raw footage. The defense must also follow the appropriate guidelines in keeping, distributing, or disposing of the video. When the evidence is illegally obtained, it would be inadmissible in court. There could also be legal implications if the evidence is altered, concealed, or inappropriately destroyed.

Going Through the Video
You and your lawyer, with the aid of video experts or even medical experts, can review the video to prepare your case and perhaps prepare your counterarguments should the defense team dispute your claims.

So When Does DWI = Murder? Raleigh DWI Lawyer Sheds Light on the Matter

North Carolina’s tough stance against DWI isn’t without good reason. Put a sober driver and an intoxicated driver on the same road and the results can be fatal. In April such a tragedy occurred in Durham and serves as a reminder of the dangers of DWI. Kelwin Biggs, a 53-year-old man was killed after Daryl Lamar Brooks allegedly rear-ended Biggs’ vehicle and sent him careening toward an oncoming vehicle. The driver and passenger of the oncoming vehicle were seriously hurt, but escaped with their lives while Brooks remains at large.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Don’t Drink and Drive

Weekends are a time for relaxing. For some people, that means overindulging in alcohol. Unfortunately for drivers on the road, some of these drinkers will choose to drive afterwards. Smart revelers will designate a member of their party to be the driver and have him or her drink non-alcoholic beverages so that others can be driven home safely at the end of the party. If a designated driver isn’t available, an intoxicated driver should either find a ride home with someone who hasn’t been drinking or get himself a cab.

Drinking responsibly is what it’s all about, whatever day of the week it may be. Car accidents can happen at any time, and that one brief moment can change a life in an instant—even destroy it. People can get injured, and families can lose a loved one in the blink of an eye.

There is very little that distinguishes an ordinary DWI from a serious one. In a DWI car accident, the police may initially charge with ordinary DWI, only to later raise the charges if a severe injury or death occurs. If someone dies because of a DWI accident that you cause, you are obviously facing very serious charges. At the very least, you could be facing a Felony Death by Vehicle, which could put you behind bars for a long time.

The next time you have one drink too many, don’t risk it. Your decision could impact the lives of many people, including your own.

Charged as an Accomplice to a Crime: Here’s What to Do

If you are charged as an accomplice to a crime, you could face the same or similar consequences as the principal suspect. Accomplice liability implies that you are also responsible for the crime by aiding or abetting the suspect, even if you did not commit the criminal act yourself. You may be considered an accomplice when you deliberately encourage or help the suspect in committing a crime, or if you intentionally or purposely fail to prevent the crime.

Injured by a Drunk Driver: Key Points to Ponder

Did you know that about 233 million vehicles are on the road every year in the U.S., and of these, about one in 2,000 is driven by a person intoxicated by alcohol to some degree? In one day, about 720 people are injured in alcohol-related driving incidents. It’s a preventable crime, but it can easily happen to anyone.

Getting Stopped for DWI

Traffic enforcement officials must have a reason for pulling you over, such as a traffic law violation. This can include many possibilities such as speeding, failure to come to a complete stop, a faulty taillight, but they may also pull you over with a reasonable suspicion of driving while intoxicated (DWI), such as erratic lane changing, weaving or crossing the yellow line.

The Need for a Criminal Attorney

Unlike civil lawyers who deal with private law suits between two or more entities, a criminal attorney represents clients who are being charged by the state or federal government for a crime. In civil law the suit is initiated a party who feels that they have been harmed.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Onsite Injuries: A Serious Danger in Construction

Construction workers provide invaluable service to every home and business owner. After all, they are the ones who build the structure that your family or business resides in. As a construction worker, however, do you know that your worker’s compensation insurance holds certain exemptions that could be detrimental to a claim? While it is very possible that you might never need it, this lack of worker’s compensation means that if you experience a certain onsite injury, you won’t be granted coverage.