How to Place a Bid on Legal Bistro

Bid-for-Placement: what does it mean? Why do we need it?

A bid is a sum of money that a lawyer offers for the opportunity of talking to a client, to receive his contact information and discuss his case (the minimum amount you can bid on is 6 law dollars).

It’s important to remember that a lawyer’s bid on a case determines where in the list of competing, “bidding” lawyers their profile will be displayed to the clients, who posted the case. The profile with the highest bid will be displayed first and the lowest, respectively, the last.

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Writing an Effective Biography on Legal Bistro Helps Attorneys Get New Clients!

Why should a lawyer bother to write an outstanding biography and why is it the most important part of the lawyer profile? It’s so simple!

A bio is a snapshot of a lawyer’s professional experience:

  • who they are,

  • what they do,

  • specialist expertise and

  • examples of client work.

A good biography “sells” their expertise to potential new clients.

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Legal Bistro Elevator Pitch for Lawyers

What is an Elevator Pitch?

An “Elevator Pitch”, also known as an elevator speech or statement, is a short summary used to quickly define a person, product, profession or organization and its Value Proposition.  The name “elevator pitch” conveys that the person who is delivering the message has about the same time that it takes the typical elevator to go from the ground floor the top floor to convince their audience about their proposal.  A well designed elevator pitch should be between 30 and 60 seconds.

How to Write a Good Elevator Pitch

The “Elevator Pitch” on Legal Bistro is five lines (500 words maximum) of text that are displayed to potential clients in what we call the “Short Profile Preview”.  This is the very first thing that a potential client will see about you and your law firm so you should give a lot of thought to what you would like to say.

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Why Consumers Love Legal Bistro

 Do you need a lawyer but are intimidated by the legal process?  Are you concerned that professional legal services may be financially out of reach?  Perhaps English is not your native language and you are having trouble finding a qualified attorney with whom you can effectively communicate.  Don’t worry, if you answered yes to any of these questions you are not alone.

We built Legal Bistro because we were inspired by the contribution that Lending Tree made to the process for finding a mortgage lender.  Lending Tree used the power of the Internet to bring online competition in the mortgage application process. Equally important is that Lending Tree’s website has helped consumers to better understand the process of applying for a home loan. We hope that Legal Bistro can achieve similar results in the legal services market.

When Lawyers Compete, You Win!

The single biggest reason why consumers love our service is because Legal Bistro facilitates lawyers competing online to serve the client.  Our Company motto is that When Lawyers Compete, the Client Wins! Frankly, we believe that both lawyers and consumers win when the competitive playing field has been leveled.

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Why Lawyers Love Legal Bistro

    

Are you happy with the current Return on Investment (“ROI”) for your online legal services marketing dollars?  Are you spending too much of your time qualifying leads? wasting time imagesDo you know anything about the visitors to your law firm’s website besides their IP Address and the date and time of their visit?  More specifically, are you being provided with case specific  facts that will help you evaluate their legal needs?

If you have answered yes to some or all of these questions then perhaps you will appreciate why lawyers love Legal Bistro.

YOU ARE IN CONTROL

You decide what cases you see based on the Practice Groups, Case Types and Tag or Key Words used when defining your Areas of Practice.

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Medical Malpractice: Negligence that Can Cause Death

What is medical malpractice?

Medical News Today defines Medical Malpractice as a negligence by a health care professional or provider in which treatment provided was substandard, and caused harm, injury or death to a patient.

It reports that one in every three hospitalized patients in the USA encounters a hospital error. The most common hospital errors are:

  • Giving the patient the wrong dosage
  • Giving the patient the wrong medication
  • Leaving things inside the patient’s body after surgery
  • Misdiagnosis
  • Operating on the wrong part of the body
  • Persistent back pain after surgery
  • Potentially fatal staph infections
  • Pressure ulcers (bedsores)

What are the medical malpractice statistics?

According to the recent article entitled “Medical Malpractice Basic Information” published by WorldLawDirect, hundreds of people die from medical malpractice.

  • 12,000 deaths/year from unnecessary surgery
  • 7,000 deaths/year from medication errors in hospitals
  • 20,000 deaths/year from other errors in hospitals
  • 80,000 deaths/year from infections in hospitals
  • 106,000 deaths/year from non-error, adverse effects of medication

The research has shown that there are between 15,000 and 19,000 malpractice suits against US doctors annually.

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Should the United States Government be Permitted to Play the Role of a Venture Capitalist?

  

The United States government has made some very risky investments in areas such as green energy and electric vehicles.  As time as shown, the government’s ability to pick winners and losers has cost the United States taxpayers billions of dollars.

Green Energy, also known as renewable or sustainable energy, is energy that comes from resources which are continually replenished such as sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves and geothermal heat.  According to Wikipedia, About 16% of global final energy consumption comes from renewable sources, with 10% of all energy from traditional biomass, mainly used for heating, and 3.4% from hydroelectricity.

 

These investments have instead provided a string of bankruptcies: Solyndra ($528 million in federal loans), Abound Solar ($400 million), A123 Systems ($279 million) and Fisker Automotive ($529 million), to name the most prominent examples.

Let’s begin with Solyndra, originally founded by Chris Gronet as Gronet Technologies in May of 2005.  The Company changed its name eight (8) months later to Solyndra and quietly began developing a solar module consisting of one glass tube nested inside of another.  Wrapped around the inner tube were 150 solar cells made from copper, indium, gallium and diselenide, rather than silicon.

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Unsecured Cargo Load Injuries

Trucks have an important function for the country’s commerce system. Every day, hundreds of them travel on the roads, carrying tons of heavy cargo. And it is absolutely necessary this cargo to be properly secured. Otherwise, there is a very high risk of the load to come loose and into contact with another vehicle, bicyclist, or pedestrian, causing very serious injuries or wrongful deaths.

There are many different hazards regarding unsecured truck loads, but the most common include improperly and inadequately held construction equipment being towed, automobiles being carried, and mobile homes being transported. This places obstacles in the road which can lead to accidents and injuries that can seriously injure or even kill drivers and passengers. In addition to being unsecured, cargo loads can also be improperly balanced, which can cause them to shift leading to poor braking, rollovers, and serious crashes on the nation’s roadways.

Drivers and other people using the roads can suffer serious injuries in Unsecured Cargo Load Accidents, such as:Plywood-in-window

- Overturned trucks on curves and corners

- Cargo or tarps falling onto the roadway

- Jackknife accidents when cargo shifts

- Hazardous cargo spills

There are strict limits on the total amount of weight trucks can carry on highways due to federal laws that are in place. Any truck that exceeds these limits are deemed to be overweight or overloaded and are in violation of the federal law because they take longer to stop and are generally harder to control. So, a large number of trucks on the road who are operating illegally, or who have cargo loads that are not properly secured put the public on roadways in danger.

In 2004, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reported that 25 000 motor vehicle accidents are caused each year by unsecured cargo loads on highways. According to Bellotti Law Group these car crashes result in 80 to 90 fatalities and many more serious injuries, including broken bones, closed head injuries, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, spinal cord injuries, and others.

unsecured cargo loadIn case you have been hurt because of unsecured cargo loads, you have to understand that you have legal rights and you may be able to bring forth a lawsuit to make those responsible account for your injuries. You should turn to a personal injury attorney who specializes in motor vehicle accidents immediately. These professionals can help you to obtain compensation for past, present, and future medical expenses, loss of income, loss of quality of life, pain and suffering.

Cases involving unsecured cargo loads can be quite complex because it is often difficult to determine liability. This is because the truck driver has a particular duty of care to inspect the load before the trip; however, the trucking company is required by federal laws and regulations to ensure cargo is properly secured for the driver. The shipper who arranges the load also has a duty of care to tie down and load the cargo properly. For these reasons, it is recommended not to act spontaneously and file a claim on your own, as you may overlook a responsible party.

Try to find a professional personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. Time is of great importance, because evidence needs to be collected, witnesses need to be interviewed, and legal paperwork needs to be filed in time. Various states have different statutes of limitations and missing just one deadline can ruin the chances of a favorable outcome.

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate?

 

 

When a child is born he has to be vaccinated. He is supposed to be given 29 vaccines between birth and six years of age. He has to be immunized against Hepatitis B; Hepatitis A; Rotavirus; DtaP; Haemophilus influenzae type b; Pneumonia; Trivalent inactivated influenza; Attenuated influenza; MMR; Varicella; Meningococ; etc. The questions arise: why should a child be given so many vaccines in such a short period of time? Is a child at a great risk to get sick with at least one third of these diseases? Do we protect children from the diseases or just weaken their immune systems?

Nowadays, there are a lot of disputes concerning vaccinations. Based on the various facts parents should decide what is best for their children. Nonetheless, “All 50 states require vaccinations for children entering public schools even though no mandatory federal vaccination laws exist. All 50 states issue medical exemptions, 48 states (excluding Mississippi and West Virginia) permit religious exemptions, and 20 states allow an exemption for philosophical reasons”. (Vaccines: ProCon.org)

What are the PROs of vaccinations?

  1. Vaccines can prevent serious illness and death.
  2. When a vaccinated child gets sick with the disease he has been vaccinated against, he usually has milder symptoms with less serious complications than an unvaccinated child that gets the same disease.
  3. When diseases seem to no longer exist, outbreaks can still occur if children are not vaccinated.
  4. The US Court of Federal Claims ruled that the “theory of vaccine-related causation of autism is scientifically unsupportable.”
  5. Vaccines produce significant economic benefits for society.

    However, let us look at some negative sides of vaccinations. So,…

What are the CONs of vaccinations?

  1. Vaccines are often unnecessary in many cases where the threat of death from disease is small.
  2. Common childhood vaccination can cause serious reactions such as shock, paralysis, and sudden death.
  3. Vaccines can trigger auto-immune disorders such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS), and other disorders.
  4. Vaccines can cause brain inflammation (encephalopathy) which can lead to death or permanent brain damage and disorders such as autism, ADD/ADHD, and other developmental problems.
  5. Vaccines clog and disrupt the lymphatic system with large foreign protein molecules which may lead to leukemia and lymphoma.
  6. All vaccines cause immune system suppression, and can permanently damage the natural immune system.
  7. Children should not be required to receive the DPT vaccine. Some studies have shown that children who receive the DPT vaccine exibit shallow breathing which has been associated with sleep apnea and may be a causal factor in sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
  8. Children should not receive the hepatitis B vaccine. Hepatitis B is a blood-born disease and is primarily spread by sexual intercourse and intravenous drug use. In addition, researches have found that immunization with the hepatitis B vaccine is associated with an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis.
  9. Young girls should not receive mandatory vaccination for HPV. It is a relatively new vaccine which was approved in 2006. The long-term effects are unknown. The vaccine gives rare but dangerous side effects and it is not worth the risk since the vaccine only protects against two of the 15 strains of HPV that may cause cancer of the cervix, 20 – 40 years after an individual is infected.
  10. One of the biggest role of vaccination is to generate profits for manufacturers and financial donations for medical organizations that endorse vaccines.
  11. Children should not be vaccinated against rotavirus. According to the CDC, rotavirus lasts only a few days and can be treated with fluids to rehydrate the patient. Only one in seven children requires hospitalization for the virus.

The research above (the pros and cons of vaccinations) is based on Vaccines: ProCon.org research

 HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) provides with a vaccine injury table. The table explains injuries that are presumed to be caused by vaccines. It also lists periods of time in which the first symptom of the injurries must occur after receiving the vaccine. If the first symptom of the injury occurs within the listed time period, it is presumed that the vaccine caused the injury.

Vaccine Injury Table

Hence, it is still unclear whether children should be vaccinated or not. If they should, is it necessary to follow “Immunization Schedules”? Every parent will be taking risks anyway. If you made a decision to give vaccines to your child you have to make sure that the child is 100% ready to receive them. He should be checked thoroughly by a pediatrician. You should check the date of expiry of the vaccine your child is going to receive. You have a right to know in what conditions a certain vaccine should be kept and make sure that it has been kept accordingly. Every step should be taken seriously without any negligence.

If some injuries occur after vaccination you can apply for National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.