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pain and suffering

Comparing Civil and Criminal Justice for Victims of Crime

Let’s compare and contrast the differences between Criminal and Civil Court, and how both play important roles for crime victims. Victims don’t have to choose to go through one or the other, the victims can do both. Both systems serve different purposes and functions, and so a victim has a better chance of being made whole by entering both, if possible.

How to Prevent Your Social Media Posts from Hurting you in Court

The internet, cell phones, and social media have collectively created a giant, online data base consisting of written journal entries, picture of social occasions, and even home videos which give details of our daily activities, nights out, trips, vacations, and outings; all this information is neatly organized by date, time, and place. These online journals give details of our work, family, recreation, vacations, daily routines, accomplishments, and emotions. The information is public, and even if its private, a good opposing lawyer can sometimes access it.

you can join in your spouse’s lawsuit with a loss of consortium claim

What can you do if your spouse is suing for serious injury? Answer: you can sue too! The law in Pennsylvania and throughout the United States- recognizes the sanctity and reality of marriage – when one of you are hurt, you both suffer. The claim is called a loss of consortium claim, that is, the loss of marital affections. This is all inclusive.

For example, it can be as little as a loss of home cooked meals, taking out the trash, or other household assistance. And it can be as deep, emotional, and the loss of sex. It includes everything. Whatever bad stuff is going down because of injury is fair game. The claim also includes medical bills from treating the injury because one spouse often pays all the bills, and carries the insurance.

What most People Don’t know about homeowner’s Insurance

Lawyers don’t like to sue individuals. They like to sue insurance companies because an insurance company has something called, “a deep pocket.” After you win a settlement or judgement, the insurance company immediately cuts a check; without insurance, most judgements would be uncollectable because individuals usually can’t pay. There’s a part of homeowner’s insurance called, “the liability provision” that follow owners away from the home. It covers not just the owner, but resident relatives. This opens up claims for accidents away from just streets and sidewalks.