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Valuable protections for victims of defective products

Unfortunately, consumers can be injured by everyday products though they should be able to reasonably rely on their safety. When a victim has been injured by a dangerous or defective product, legal resources are available to help them recover compensation for their damages that they should be familiar with.

Thousands of consumers are injured each year by defective and dangerous products. These injuries could sometimes be prevented and the law takes a firm stance when holding those in the supply chain of a dangerous or defective product, including manufacturers and distributors, liable for the damages the victim has suffered. Victims may be able to recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.

What are the different types of consumer fraud?

It is important for everyone to understand what consumer fraud is and how to avoid it and protect from it. There are a variety of different types of consumer fraud that include scams and other efforts to obtain financial information or cash from consumers.

Advance fee fraud is one type of scam consumers can be vulnerable to. Advance fee fraud can include fees paid up front based on promises to send money, products and services; offers to participate in a special deal; requests for assistance removing funds from a country experiencing political turmoil; or requests for the consumer's assistance to help law enforcement catch thieves. Other types of fee fraud scams include Nigeran fraud, debt elimination fraud, cashier's check fraud, fictitious or unauthorized banking and high yield investment fraud.

Getting the most out of Social Security Disability benefits

Social Security Disability benefits are important benefits for many disabled individuals and their families. The Department of Health and Human Services reports that one in four Americans report suffering from a disability. Disabled individuals who suffer from a physical or mental impairment and previously worked, may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits.

A formula is used to determine the amount of Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits the disabled individual will receive. When facing disability, it is important for disabled individuals to know the amount of benefit they will receive and options that may be available to increase the amount of benefit they receive. Work history is used to calculate benefits based on earnings and the amount of Social Security taxes that were paid by the applicant.

How wrongful death legal protections help families

Wrongful death legal protections are available to families who have wrongfully lost loved ones in a fatal accident. Because surviving family members who have unexpectedly lost their loved ones may also face unexpected emotional and financial damages, it is valuable for family members harmed by another party's negligence to be familiar with wrongful death legal remedies and resources.

A wrongful death claim for damages can be brought to help surviving family members with their physical and financial damages when they have lost a loved one. A loved one may be wrongfully lost in a car accident, because of a defective product or medical malpractice. Whenever a negligent driver or other negligent party has caused the death of a loved one, they may be liable for the damages the family has suffered.

Drowsy driving just as dangerous as drunk driving

Today's fast-paced life doesn't leave much room for meaningful rest. This means that you are sharing the road with sleep-deprived drivers almost every time you leave your house. Since drowsy driving is becoming more common, you need to understand why these drivers are putting you in danger.

Drowsy driving is exactly what it sounds like -- driving without enough sleep. While it might seem harmless, you should know that it is just as dangerous as drunk driving. It is hard to tell just how many accidents drowsy drivers cause because, unlike with drunk driving, there is no way to test whether a driver is well rested. 

Guarding your loved one’s right to abuse-free care

Residents of nursing homes usually can’t take care of all their own needs. However, many of these homes are frequently overworked, underfunded and poorly vetted.

Staying vigilant and well informed about your loved one’s nursing home may help. And whether elected officials, inspectors, doctors and nurses, elder abuse attorneys or families, we all have a role to play. Here are some signs of abuse and neglect you can watch for.

Different options can help injured workers

There are different types of protections that may be available to injured workers to help them through a difficult time when they have suffered a workplace injury. It is valuable for injured workers and their families to be familiar with these options so they can determine which is best for their situation and circumstances.

Workers' compensation benefits are one option that can help with the injured worker's medical expenses, lost wages and other concerns as well. Workers' compensation benefits are a no-fault system which means that, with limited exceptions, the worker will be covered by workers' compensation benefits if they are injured on the job. Employers and insurance companies can make it difficult, however, for injured workers to claim their benefits at times which is why injured workers and their families should understand their workers' compensation rights and how to apply for benefits.

The incredible cost of brain injuries for victims and families

Brain injuries are costly for victims and their families and are not an uncommon type of injury victims may suffer in a car accident. Brain injuries can cause a variety of physical, financial and emotional injuries that the personal injury legal process can help with.

The costs of brain injury damages can range, based on the severity of the injury, but are estimated at $85,000 for a mild head injury; $941,000 for a moderate head injury; and $3 million for a severe head injury. Of the estimated $48.3 total costs associated with traumatic brain injuries annually, approximately $31.7 million of it is spent on hospitalization costs.

What is Social Security disability's definition of disability?

Living with a disability is a reality that impacts millions of Americans. Living with a disability inhibits the ability of a disabled individual to earn a living or enjoy a good quality of life. Social Security disability benefits are an option that can help disabled individuals with their daily needs so disabled individuals and their families should ensure they have all their questions answered about how disability is defined according to the Social Security disability (SSD) program.

Making a Social Security disability claim for benefits can take a lot of energy and effort. That is why understanding how you can be eligible for Social Security disability benefits when needed is valuable information to have. Social Security disability benefits can help disabled individuals and their families but there are certain eligibility requirements that must be met. The Social Security Administration's definition of disability is that the disabled individual suffers from a debilitating medical condition that prevents them from engaging in gainful employment.

Securities fraud basics

Securities fraud can result in serious consequences for both those accused of securities fraud and those who have been otherwise impacted by securities fraud. Understanding securities fraud basics is useful for both accused individuals and those who have suffered because of securities fraud.

Securities fraud generally occurs when a false statement is made about a company or the value of its stock and others rely on that false information to make a financial decision based on the false information erroneously provided. Securities fraud can be complex to understand because it is largely based on knowledge of securities laws and regulations. There are several common types of securities fraud it is important to be on the lookout for.

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