Behind The Scenes Of A Personal Injury Case. Personal Injury Terminology

Personal injury is a legal term meaning bodily injury or emotional distress which is caused by a type of tort or by the negligence of another. Negligence is defined as conduct that falls below the standards if behavior established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm.

4Torts are determined as civil wrongs that cause a person to suffer harm or loss. Generally torts fall into three categories:

  1. Intentional torts can result from intentional acts such as battery, assault, intentional infliction of emotional stress and others.
  2. Negligent torts also called “prudent man rule” result from failure to behave with the level of care to someone whom he or she owes a duty to (i.e. failing to obey traffic rules)
  3. Strict Liability torts are caused by virtue of a wrongful act, without any accompanying intent or mental state.

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When do You Have a Good Personal Injury Case?

Daily a lot of people get in different types of accidents where personal injury takes place. If you are involved in an accident, there are a couple of things that make any personal injury case a good one. How do you know it? Let’s find out!

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If your injury is a result of someone else’s negligence, this is already a big benefit to your case. This means that the other party is more at fault than you. The concept of negligence means any conduct that falls below the standards of behavior established by law for the protection of others against unreasonable risk of harm.

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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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Amusement Park Injury Factors and How NOT TO Turn Fun into Tragedy

The percentage of personal injury cases that have occurred in amusement parks and theme parks is much lower than most other personal injury related cases. However, amusement or theme park accidents can be extremely harmful and can result in fatality.

IAAPA and the National Safety Council (NSC) have carried out surveys of amusement ride injuries. They established a nationwide amusement ride injury reporting system for all facilities operating fixed-site, or permanently situated amusement rides in the United States. They produce a report each fall and analyze the previous year’s reporting data.

The statistics below are presented by the 2010 Fixed-Site Amusement Ride Injury Survey published in the fall of 2011.

  •  Approximately 290 million guests visit the 400 U.S. amusement parks annually and take 1.7 billion safe rides.
  • The chance of being seriously injured on a ride at a fixed-site park in the U.S. is 1 in 24 million.

  • 59 of the 1,207 ride-related injuries, or less than 5 percent, required some form of overnight treatment at a hospital.

 The 2010 Fixed-Site Amusement Ride Injury Survey presents the proportion of injuries by ride-type, U.S., 2003 – 2010

Figure 1 shows that the percentage of injuries by ride type varies every year. However, Family and Adult Rides compose the highest percent of injuries. 52.1% of the injuries in 2010 occurred on family and adult rides, 54.0% in 2009, 61.6% in 2008 and 58.0% in 2007. The number of injuries in 2010 was down except for 2004.

Roller coasters accounted for 35.9% of the injuries in 2010 which is more than in any other year except for 2004.

After increasing nearly 5% from 2008 to 2009, the proportion of injuries associated with children’s rides declined over 3% from 2009 to 2010.

What are the main factors that contribute in amusement park ride injuries?

Elvie Vinn, the author of the article entitled “Main Factors That Contribute In Amusement Park Ride Injuries”, enumerates the following factors:

  • Mechanical Failures, such as broken or missing components, safety features that do not function correctly, and unexpected detachment of rides and other structures. This factor leads to Product Liability injuries and sometimes to Wrongful Death.

  • Individual Behavior – Operators should never be Negligent and fail to check ride’s proper operation and likewise, visitors should obey rules to make sure that they will not be a threat to safety.

  • Design Errors and Dangerous Premises which include lack of lighting, broken stairs, gaps in pavement and parking lot conditions.

What should be done if an accident occurred?

William D. Kickham, an attorney and the author of the article entitled “Massachusetts Amusement Park Injuries: Top Tips on Staying Safe: Part Two of Two” suggests the same types of cautionary measures that one would employ in the aftermath of a car accident.

  • Take photos of the injured person with your cell phone or camera.

  • On a piece of paper, note the time, the ride, any witnesses, and the name of the operator ride.

  • If the injured person is put in a brace or carried on a stretcher, take pictures of that as well.

  • Speak to an experienced accident attorney who is familiar with all aspects of personal injury.

Who is responsible for the damages or injuries you suffered?

William D. Kickam claims that the owner or operator or management team who manages the amusement park is liable for the damages and injuries. The owners have a legal responsibility to make sure that their park is kept in a safe condition. Almost in all cases a liability insurance companies pay out damages. However, they do not pay out damages easily, so it is better to be represented by an amusement park injury lawyer who has an experience in his field of expertise.

How to avoid injuries at amusement parks?

The attorney William D. Kickham describes some tips on how to stay safe at amusement parks:

  • Ask your state inspections department for the park’s safety record, before you patronize the park.

  • Inspect the park.

  • Read the warning signs. All major rides have restrictions on a person’s age, height and weight. Do not ignore them, especially if you have a specific medical condition that the ride warns you about – for example, back problems, or are subject to seizures.

  • Assess the conduct of the ride operator. The operator should, at all times, be paying attention to the ride and its riders.

  • Assess the ride’s appearance. If the ride is rusty, poorly lit, or cluttered with litter, you should not risk your life on it.

  • Be alert of riders.

  • Don’t force children to go on rides if they are scared.

  • Adhere to the park rules – wear your seat belts, use the lap bars, chains and harnesses.

In conclusion, amusement and theme parks are fun, just be always cautious and do not get injured on the rides.

 

SpyFu – Top Reported Key Words – Legal Terms Top List

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This short article is our second is a series of blog postings targeted at online advertising and key words in the legal services market.

According to information reported by SpyFu, a Search Engine Optimization (“SEO”) company that specializes in building Key Word Ad Campaigns, legal words top the list of key words with the Highest Cost Per Click.

The above list was an extract taken from the Top 100 Key Words With the Highest Cost Per Click List published by SpyFu.  Additional information can be found at the following link: http://www.spyfu.com/TopList.aspx?listId=3

Law firms are beginning to spend a significant amount of their marketing the most budgets in online advertising and are targeting some of lucrative personal injury, workers’ compensation and product liability cases in the market such as those for mesothelioma and asbestosis.