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What should I do and not do after a car accident?

Being in a car accident can be shocking and confusing. Even a small fender-bender can be jarring, let alone a major crash involving several cars. In the immediate moments after an accident, you may be left stunned, wondering what actions you should take.

Here are the things that you should and shouldn't do after a car accident.

Cracking down on financial industry malpractice

Malpractice in the financial industry is nothing new. As powerful as the investment services sector is, however, pursuing any claim of professional malpractice might seem an overwhelming prospect. Where would one even start?

If you are asking this question, it is time to consult an experienced professional malpractice attorney.

What could happen to my driver's license if I get a DUI or DWI?

For many people, driving is a crucial mode of transportation, and losing the privilege would be felt in many ways. Whether it's driving to work, driving to school, or driving commercially, people need their driver's licenses to get through each day.

Loss of driving privileges is one of several consequences you could suffer for a conviction for DWI or DUI.

In the state of Maryland, driving while impaired, also called a DWI, is considered a less serious offense than driving under the influence. The consequences, however, can still be severe. Authorities can seek to charge you with DWI when your blood alcohol content (BAC) registers at 0.07 percent. A DUI charge - driving under the influence - can result when the driver's BAC is 0.08 percent or higher.

Commercial drivers are held to an even more stringent standard when it comes to drinking and driving. The blood alcohol limit for them is only 0.04 percent. 

Florida malpractice victims have more reason to fight

In Florida, caps on malpractice awards were put into place in 2003 under the administration of Jeb Bush -- and while it has taken almost 15 years, injured patients have finally scored a victory in court against that legislation.

The legislation has been declared unconstitutional in a ruling from the state's Supreme Court -- which now says that the caps that were put in place were arbitrary, injurious to those who suffered the worst damages and showed absolutely no evidence that they'd done what they'd been designed to do -- which was lower the malpractice insurance payments that doctors have to pay.

How much difference exists in how states deal with child custody?

There are many reasons why it is wise to work with experienced attorneys when trying to navigate family law issues. We've touched on child custody in many of our previous posts - noting that while the overriding guideline all courts use is the best interests of the child, the way that is interpreted can vary greatly.

That is true from county to county in a given state. It is also true from state to state. Each state creates its own standards. This can leave parents facing significant challenges, especially in this day of easy mobility. Parents might not just live in separate cities in Maryland, one could live in Baltimore while another lives in Florida or even New York.

Man found twice guilty of parents' murder

It isn't very often under the United States' legal system that a jury is asked to debate someone's guilt more than once.

However, occasionally a case comes along that has some unique features that illustrate the exceptions to the rules.

Keeping consumers top of mind amid Baltimore building boom

Baltimore's downtown continues to see new development. Leaders of the nonprofit organization responsible for promoting the area say there are two things driving the current construction boom. One is that there's a strong supply of good-paying jobs. Another is that neighborhood revitalization efforts are proving effective.

The combination is credited with spurring population growth and increasing demand for condominiums, cooperative units and apartments. Building contractors have responded, opening new buildings week upon week.

There are many common causes of indoor slip-and-fall accidents

An indoor slip-and-fall accident can be every bit as serious as it sounds. When you fall to the ground without notice, there is always a chance that you could suffer a serious injury, but many people don't even have such a looming tragedy on their radar. Television shows tend to make such a fall seem humorous: Think of the classic banana peel gag.

One of the best ways to prevent a slip-and-fall accident is to understand the many causes. With this knowledge, you'll know what to be on the lookout for.

Could you have an occupational disease and not know?

People fall ill for many reasons. Someone at work brings their cold with them and spreads it around to others, or maybe the stomach flu invades through a child in school or daycare. Sometimes you just start to have aches, pains or feel generally blah and you don't know why.

When the source is uncertain, the workplace deserves investigation. If your illness traces to work conditions, getting the treatment you need and other benefits you are entitled to can get complicated.

What counts as an occupational illness?

Reversal reflects how judicial standards can evolve

Most people have never taken a polygraph test. We venture to guess that the nearest encounter most people have had with the devices - also known as lie detectors - is what they've seen on television or the movies. In theory, the devices gauge changes in a subject's physiological responses to questions and allow skilled operators to read whether the person is lying or not. The problem is that the machines are not foolproof. Courts sometimes allow polygraph results as evidence, but only if they meet a standard set 70 years ago called the Frye test.

Everyone can surely agree that the world is not the same as it was 70 years ago. So it should be no surprise if standards change. But a recent case out of Illinois offers an interesting perspective on how such a change can occur. In this instance, the judge who applied the Frye test one way in 2013 decided she had misapplied the standard and the result is that a plaintiff has another chance at putting her product liability claim before a jury in hopes of obtaining compensation she feels she is due.

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