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What to Consider When Appointing a Personal Injury Lawyer

What to Consider When Appointing a Personal Injury Lawyer

You probably see advertisements on television all the time with earnest lawyers begging you not to let yourself get cheated and demanding you call them. “Get the money you deserve,” is a common refrain among Personal Injury Lawyers . Although their approach may be unattractive, these advertising attorneys are absolutely correct when they say that you can benefit from your misfortune.

Many people (including lawyers with other legal specialties) might shake their heads at the “ambulance chasers” who practice injury law, but these injury attorneys have one thing right. U.S. law provides for restitution in cases of harm or injury. In other words, there are laws saying precisely what those ads so aggressively reinforce: you are legally entitled to compensation for your injury. U.S. law makes specific provisions for restitution in cases where another person’s actions have negatively impacted you. If you have been injured, there is no reason for you to refrain from utilizing this approach to collect compensation.

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There are four points to consider as you choose your counsel and appoint the personal injury attorney best suited for you and your case.

1. Does This Attorney Specialize in Injury Law?

There is no special certification for personal injury lawyers, per se. Any licensed lawyer is allowed to take on an injury case. However, you want an attorney who is especially knowledgeable about the specific details of injury law. Just because the other guys are permitted to take your case doesn’t mean they’d be the best guys for the job. Think about the skill involved in driving a stick shift truck. There is no separate licensing requirement for someone to drive a manual transmission; anyone with a valid license is allowed to drive one. That doesn’t mean you’d want to put a first-time driver behind the wheel of your new pickup in heavy traffic. Make use of what a personal injury attorney knows that might be of use to you.

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2. How Does This Lawyer Get Paid?

For most people, the cost of a lawyer would be a severe obstacle to hiring counsel and going after an injury settlement. Most people can’t afford the steep hourly rates that lawyers generally charge. However, if he or she works on a contingency basis, an attorney knows that you will have money to pay for legal services as long as he or she wins the case for you which is quite the incentive to work hard!

3. Can Payment Wait Until After the Win?

Knowing that a “win” will bring a payout down the road, many injury lawyers will offer deferred payment. They might not take any money from you until the case is won and you get your money. Some of them even promise not to charge you if they don’t win a settlement for you. (Talk about incentive!) If you have believed that you can’t afford a lawyer to represent you, find out which attorneys offer deferred payment. Find an attorney who doesn’t want your money up front, and who will accept a reasonable percentage of the settlement after winning the case for you.

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4. What is This Lawyer’s Win Rate?

Finally, you want to pick a lawyer who not only specializes in personal injury law, but who is good at it!  Look up what percentage of cases have resulted in positive outcomes for his or her clients. Look for online reviews of personal injury lawyers written by people who were in situations similar to your own. Check the law firm with the Better Business Bureau. Talk to people you know and ask if they have recommendations.

When you have been injured, particularly at the fault of someone else, you do deserve compensation for the ill-effects of the injury. Use these criteria as you choose a firm or lawyer and let them help you claim what is legally yours.

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Last Updated on June 13, 2019

15 Best Entrepreneurs Books to Start Reading Now to Be Successful

15 Best Entrepreneurs Books to Start Reading Now to Be Successful

Knowledge is power, and you’re going to need a lot of it if you’re going to be able to steer your business to success.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 15 best entrepreneurs books to get inspirations about success and grow your business.

1. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

    This book has been dubbed the Granddaddy of All Motivational Literature, and it was actually the first book that gave a prescription of what it takes to be a winner.

    Napoleon Hill draws from the stories of millionaires like Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, and Thomas Edison to illustrate the principles he put forth.

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    2. The Lean Startup by Eric Reis

      A lot of startups end up failing, but many of these failures are actually avoidable. The Lean Startup provides a different approach that is now being adopted all over the world and changing the way that companies are developed and products are being launched.

      In The Lean Startup, Eric Reis describes what is required for a company to penetrate the fog of uncertainty in order to discover a path to a sustainable and successful business.

      Get the book here!

      3. The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

        In a revised edition of the 150,000-copy bestseller, The E-Myth, Michael Gerber refutes some of the myths that surround starting your own business and shows just how commonplace assumptions can end up getting in the way of being able to run a successful business.

        Gerber succeeds in walking the reader through the steps that occur in the life of a business, from infancy, through the pains of growing as an adolescent, to the perspective of the mature entrepreneur.

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        4. Rework by Jason Fried

          Most of the business books that you get today will give you the same advice: draft a business plan, study the competition, look for investors, and all that.

          However, Rework shows you a more effective, easier and faster means of succeeding when running a business. By reading it, you’ll be able to know why some plans are harmful, why you don’t really need to get investors, and why you’re better of shutting out your competition.

          Get the book here!

          5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

            This is one of the most successful motivational books in history, selling well over 15 million copies since it was released in 1936. The book is timeless, and it appeals to businesses, self-help startups, and general readers.

            Carnegie believes that a lot of successes come from an ability to communicate rather than having brilliant insights. In his book, he teaches how to value others and make them feel appreciated and loved.

            Get the book here!

            6. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

              Through this amazing book, Malcolm Gladwell is able to take the reader on an intellectual journey through the world of ‘outliers’. He asks the question of what truly differentiates high-achievers.

              His answer to this question is that we tend to pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and less attention to where they are actually from.

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              7. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki

                This is the best personal finance book ever written. It tells the story of Kiyosaki and his two fathers; his real father, and that of his best friend (his rich dad), as well as how the two men helped him shape his opinions on money and investing.

                It refutes the myth that you need to earn high to become rich, and it distinguishes between working for money and having money work for you.

                Get the book here!

                8. The Ascent of Money: The Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson

                  Niall Ferguson, in this book, follows the money to tell the story behind the evolution of the word’s financial system, from the beginning way back in ancient Mesopotamia to the latest occurrences in what he had dubbed Planet Finance.

                  Fergusson also reveals financial history as the backstory behind our very own history, with an argument that the evolution of debt and credit is as significant as the history of technological innovation and the rise of civilization.

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                  9. Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis

                    Michael Lewis landed a job at Salomon Brothers after getting out of the London School of Economics and Princeton within three years, he had risen to the rank of bond salesman, making millions for the firm and cashing out steadily.

                    Liar’s Poker is the amalgamation of these years — a look behind the scenes at one of the most turbulent times in American business. His book is Lewis’s account of an era where greed and gluttony were the order of the day.

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                    10. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Michael H. Pink

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                      A lot of people see money as the best motivator. Michael pink says it’s a mistake.

                      In this provocative book, he asserts that the secret to high performance anywhere is the need to direct our lives, to learn and create, and to do better by our world and ourselves.

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                      11. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

                        Outdated methods don’t work in today’s world. In this book, Allen shares some awesome methods for stress-free performance that he has shared with thousands of people all over the world.

                        His premise? That productivity is proportional to your ability to relax.

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                        12. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

                          In this book, Stephen Covey presents a holistic approach for overcoming both professional and personal issues. With insights and anecdotes, Covey presents a way to live with integrity fairness, service and dignity.

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                          13. The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss

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                            If you’re looking to make your way in this revolutionary new world, this here is your compass.

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                            14. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

                              The CEO of Zappos shows how a unique kind of corporate identity can help deliver a huge difference in the way results are being achieved — by creating a company that values and delivers happiness.

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                              15. Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way by Richard Branson

                                From Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Records and V2 to Virgin Cola, Virgin Megastores and a wide array of other companies, Richard Branson is the rockstar billionaire that a lot of us want to be.

                                Branson, however, did business by following a simple philosophy:

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                                Since then, he’s written his success rules, creating a global business that has no headquarters, no management structure no corporate identity as it were.

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