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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 August 20, 2018

Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

Quit Your Job If You Don’t Like It, No Matter What

Do you know that feeling? The one where you have to wake up to go to your boring 9-5 job to work with the same boring colleagues who don’t appreciate what you do.

I do, and that’s why I’ve decided to quit my job and follow my passion. This, however, requires a solid plan and some guts.

The one who perseveres doesn’t always win. Sometimes life has more to offer when you quit your current job. Yes, I know. It’s overwhelming and scary.

People who quit are often seen as ‘losers’. They say: “You should finish what you’ve started”.

I know like no other that quitting your job can be very stressful. A dozen questions come up when you’re thinking about quitting your job, most starting with: What if?

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“What if I don’t find a job I love and regret quitting my current job?”
“What if I can’t find another job and I get in debt because I can’t pay my bills?”
“What if my family and friends judge me and disapprove of the decisions I make?”
“What if I quit my job to pursue my dream, but I fail?

After all, if you admit to the truth of your surroundings, you’re forced to acknowledge that you’ve made a wrong decision by choosing your current job. But don’t forget that quitting certain things in life can be the path to your success!

One of my favorite quotes by Henry Ford:

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

Everything takes energy

Everything you do in life takes energy. It takes energy to participate in your weekly activities. It takes energy to commute to work every day. It takes energy to organize your sister’s big wedding.

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Each of the responsibilities we have take a little bit of our energy. We only have a certain amount of energy a day, so we have to spend it wisely.  Same goes for our time. The only things we can’t buy in this world are time and energy. Yes, you could buy an energy drink, but will it feel the same as eight hours of sleep? Will it be as healthy?

The more stress there is in your life, the less focus you have. This will weaken your results.

Find something that is worth doing

Do you have to quit every time the going gets touch? Absolutely not! You should quit when you’ve put everything you’ve got into something, but don’t see a bright future in it.

When you do something you love and that has purpose in your life, you should push through and give everything you have.

I find star athletes very inspiring. They don’t quit till they step on that stage to receive their hard earned gold medal. From the start, they know how much work its going to take and what they have to sacrifice.

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When you do something you’re really passionate about, you’re not in a downward spiral. Before you even start you can already see the finish line. The more focus you have for something, the faster you’ll reach the finish.

It is definitely possible to spend your valuable time on something you love and earn money doing it. You just have to find out how — by doing enough research.

Other excuses I often hear are:

“But I have my wife and kids, who is going to pay the bills?”
“I don’t have time for that, I’m too busy with… stuff” (Like watching TV for 2 hours every day.)
“At least I get the same paycheck every month if I work for a boss.”
“Quitting my job is too much risk with this crisis.”

I understand those points. But if you’ve never tried it, you’ll never know how it could be. The fear of failure keeps people from stepping out of their comfort zone.

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I’ve heard many people say, “I work to let my children make their dream come true”. I think they should rephrase that sentence to: “I pursue my dreams — to inspire and show my children anything is possible.” 

Conclusion

Think carefully about what you spend your time on. Don’t waste it on things that don’t brighten your future. Instead, search for opportunities. And come up with a solid plan before you take any impulsive actions.

Only good things happen outside of your comfort zone.

Do you dare to quit your job for more success in life?

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