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Why I’ve Not Updated the Blog in a While – Fatherhood!

Fatherhood

I’ve not been able to update the Operation Dreamseed blog as much as I would have liked over the past couple of months… and there’s a really good reason for that… I am now the proud father of a baby son. Little Frederick arrived at 1807 on the 10th of May and as you can imagine this has really taken up a ridiculous amount of time for me and my partner. I am not going to post any photos online of him as that’s not my thing – check my Facebook if you want photos (friends only). Needless to say though, we are both extremely tired, but mother and baby are doing very well.

I think when fatherhood happens, it is a huge life changer. Before I was definitely very selfish, although didn’t realise it at the time. For my partner and I it’s been a huge wakeup call with new responsibilities and things that we have to do – things we used to take for granted are now very much placed on the back-burner – and that probably means a lot of my blogs and website projects will take a back seat for a while whilst I get my role as a father moving.

Anyway, I will try and blog in the future, but please don’t expect too much insight at the moment as I am fully pre-occupied with a mini-version of me who doesn’t give much respite!

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Some Strange Personal Injury Claims Reported in London

Great Photo of London at Night

I have worked in some of the largest cities in the World during my legal career.  In that time I’ve seen some downright weird personal injury claims being reported.  In Los Angeles there was the guy who claimed to have fallen onto a bottle of Coke – I will leave the rest of the story to your imagination. However, nowhere has ever seemed to top London when it comes to the strangest personal injury claims that I have heard of.  Many of these won’t be in the public domain, and some have been passed down to me by colleagues and peers who work in the legal profession in the United Kingdom so I cannot guarantee that they are true – however, they might you chuckle to yourself.

Editor’s Note: If you are someone living and working in London and have had an accident yourself then here is a page about London injury and accident claims.  I recommend these guys as have worked with many of them in the past.

Weird London Personal Injury Claim – Story #1

In Islington, North London, a pub landlord was somewhat of an insomniac.  Whilst in bed at night he could not sleep so decided to take a large gulp from his sleeping medicine.  The only thing was, he had picked up the incorrect medicine bottle and drank some white spirit (he was decorating that week).  He was rushed to hospital and made a full recovery but amazingly enough managed to make an accident claim nearly totally fifty thousand pounds!

Weird London Personal Injury Claim – Story #2

A young man was returning from a nightclub after a night out on the tiles.  As he left the nightclub he was handed a flyer for another event… literally seconds later he saw his friend crossing the road and went to mock salute him as a friendly greeting.  In his inebriated state he forgot he was carrying a flyer and the corner of the thick paper stabbed him in the eye.  He won around three thousand pounds for this strange personal injury claim in London.

Weird London Personal Injury Claim – Story #3

In the late 1990s an office worker in Canary Wharf was playing Blind Man’s Bluff with his colleagues.  This horseplay resulted in him slipping and falling near the photocopier meaning he was off work for half a year.  Thankfully he was covered and this personal accident claim resulted in him being the lucky recipient of eight thousand pounds.

Want to Hear More Mad Stories?

If you are interested in joining the associate of personal injury lawyers so you can hear more silly stories like this then I can recommend this link.  The association holds regularly meetings and conferences for personal injury claims lawyers (including meetings in London) where you can get together with other legal eagles in the industry.

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Reasons to Have an Auto Accident Attorney for Car Accident Lawsuits

Car Accident

Are you planning to file a car accident lawsuit on your own? Before you do that, think about hiring an auto accident attorney to help your case. An attorney is definitely an added cost, but the benefits provided far outweigh the expense. Here are just four reasons why you need an auto accident attorney to dear with car accident lawsuits.

Better Knowledge of the Law and Process

Not everyone knows insurance and accident laws, but they have a huge impact on your lawsuit. Federal and state laws apply, and your attorney can not only help interpret them but also apply them to your lawsuit and compensation claim. Unless your case is an open-and-shut one where you would clearly win, you need an attorney to help you navigate the law and process. For instance, do you decide to file a lawsuit or settle? This is one of the first questions asked, but it is still a difficult question with many factors involved.

You Would Be in a Better Position to Present Your Case

When you hire an attorney, you are in a better position to defend and present your case in a court of law. Without an attorney, you would not only have to spend your own time and effort fighting your case, but you would also feel the pressure of your opponents. If the case goes into an out-of-court settlement, you would have far less negotiating power without an attorney. If the insurance party does not handle your claim well, your auto accident attorney could sue the company for bad faith on claims.

It may seem easy, but people without the years of education and experience are quickly overwhelmed by litigation. You have little chances of winning a lawsuit if it comes up at a small claims court because unrepresented parties are at a huge disadvantage in the current system. If you plan to pursue any kind of litigation, you need an attorney to show you the way.

You Have Someone to Talk to About the Process

A car accident lawsuit can be very frustrating for every party involved, but your attorney will help you through every step and on all the important matters of your lawsuit. When you hire an attorney, you hire someone who you can ask questions or doubts about the process at any time. Without one, you may have to rely on your own investigation and your friends to give you information on the legal process, none of which is recommended.

You Have Someone With Experience

Not every car accident lawsuit is the same, especially when insurance companies are involved. Each company operates different. Some of them are strict and never settle cases, and others are more lenient and open to negotiations. The former is more difficult to deal with than the latter, but you need experience to identify each kind of insurance company and party. You should also know what actions to take after involved in a car accident. If you have a complicated lawsuit with insurance companies that have limits on liability policies, you need a car accident attorney to help you.

Author Bio:

Derek Langley is a freelance writer interested in writing articles related to law. Most often he writes articles for auto accident attorneys.

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A Lawyer’s Perspective on Court Testimony when Technology is Part of a Case

GPS Tracking Technology

The progressive nature of smaller and smaller technology has led to an increase in criminal cases that have electronic tracking involved. You will probably be familiar with cases that have involved defendants being tracked using GPS, or law enforcement agencies using cell phone signals to aid location.  However, when it comes to testifying, police officers are not qualified to talk about how electronic tracking works – so who should testify?  And additionally, is any testimony of the lay witness variety or should it be classed as expert testimony?

For guidance, it’s worth looking at a recent case.  In the State versus Jackson (2013) there was some relevance to GPS tracking.  The case concerned the sexual assault on a lady by a man who was wearing a GPS ankle tag.  The ankle tag was a requirement due to his involvement in a pre-trial for un-related charges.  During the trial for the sexual assault the guy in charge of electronic monitoring showed himself up to not really know what he was doing, with little to no understanding of the technology involved.  The fact that the court of law decided to approve this testimony instead of speaking with a qualified technical expert is very important.

Generally speaking, and use of technology in a court room can be difficult – mainly due to the fact that the technology can change so rapidly.  Technology is constantly advancing and the law can sometimes struggle to keep up with the rapid pace of change. In my view it needs to be addressed, as on many occasions I’ve seen jurors who know more about the tech involved than the deciding judge which can’t be right surely?

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