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Common Factors in a Slip and Fall Case

The Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Any business that is open to the public has a legal obligation to keep those on their premises reasonably safe. Their obligation is to maintain an area free of safety hazards, in order to keep their potential customers or clients out of harm’s way. If you have been injured in an accident – such as a slip and fall – on a store’s premise, it is possible that you have a valid legal claim against that business.

Common factors that come into play in slip and fall accidents within stores are:

  • Snow or ice accumulations in an entry way
  • A bunched floor mat that poses a tripping hazard
  • Unorderly displays
  • Poor lighting
  • An ignored spill without signage

If you believe you may have a valid legal claim against a store in which you endured a personal injury, contact the personal injury lawyers at Harding Law for your free consultation.

Three Things to Look for in a Personal Injury Attorney

The Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Picking out the right attorney for you can be a stressful ordeal. You want to be sure you select an attorney that will understand your case, address your concerns, and get the results that you are looking for. When selecting a personal injury attorney, it is helpful to know what to look for in your attorney.

  1. Reputation – An attorney’s reputation will be the first thing you look into. The ideal attorney will be likable enough that other law professionals respect them, and have a proven record of experience that gets positive results. Ideally, your chosen attorney will handle personal injury claims exclusively.
  2. Affordability – A good lawyer does not necessarily mean an expensive lawyer. Many personal injury attorneys will handle claims on a no-win, no-fee basis. Look for a lawyer who is willing to work with you without making you go bankrupt.
  3. Compassion – Along with legal representation, those going through a personal injury case will be in need of support. Look for an attorney who will give you personal attention, be available to answer your questions, and invest their time thoroughly in your case. Your personal injury attorney is there to help you, so you will want someone that you feel comfortable talking to about your case and going to for help.

Are you ready to put your life back together? Contact Harding Law today for a free consultation.

How to Take Action in a Wrongful Death Suit

The Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, October 18, 2016

It goes without saying that no amount of money could ever replace the loss of a loved one. However, it can ease the financial burden a family may face after the unexpected death of a loved one.

Many types of accidents can result in a wrongful death, including:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Pedestrian/non-motorist accidents
  • Work accidents
  • Medical negligence
  • Defective products
  • Slip-and-fall accidents

Compensation in wrongful death suits can be sought for the following:

  • Net income of the deceased
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Punitive damages

If you believe that you are eligible to take a wrongful death action, contact Harding Law today for your free consultation.

Have You Been Exposed to Asbestos

The Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Asbestos has been used throughout the years in a variety of building materials, including insulation, as well as in the brake pads of a car. Most often, it is found in the pipes, furnaces, roof shingles, paints, and floor tiles of older buildings.

Exposure to asbestos can occur in any place where asbestos has been used, and is very dangerous, as it can be carried in the fibers of shoes or clothing, and transferred to other places, such as your home. If this happens, family members and others can be put at risk as well.

Those who’ve been exposed to asbestos in the past often worked in:

  • Construction
  • Automotive Repair
  • Pipefitting
  • Mills
  • Factories
  • Mines

Symptoms from asbestos-exposure do not appear immediately after exposure. In fact, they often take from 10-40 years to appear, and often relate to lung disease and/or lung cancer.

If you believe that you are entitled to compensation from asbestos exposure, contact Harding Law Firm for a free consultation.

Steps to Take After Being Attacked by a Dog

The Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dog bites can be very damaging to a person, both physically and emotionally. Taking immediate action after a dog bite incident is crucial for those who wish to take legal action. The steps to take include:

  1. Get Information About the Dog and Owner

    If you intend to take legal action, it is necessary to get the name of address of the person who has custody of the dog, as well as of any witnesses of the attack. You should also obtain the dog’s license information and any records of previous dog bites or attacks the dog has been involved in. Finally, the vaccination records of the dog will determine whether or not you will need to undergo a series of rabies shots.

  2. Seek Medical Attention & File a Dog Bite Report

    No matter how small the injury, you should get it checked over by medical professionals to lower your risk of infection from the dog bite, if nothing else. You should then identify the proper city and/or county authorities to file a dog bite report with, and do so. This will legally document your case, as well as create a paper trail for any future victims of the same dog.

  3. Photograph Your Injuries

    All injuries should be photographed and documented for the future. It may also be helpful to photograph the location of the attack, as well as any torn or bloody clothing from the attack.

  4. Contact Harding Law Firm

    Harding Law is highly experienced at documenting and presenting your case in a skillful manner. If you have been victim of a dog (or other animal) attack, contact us today for a free consultation.

How to Prepare for a Slip and Fall Case

The Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Sometimes, accidents just happen. Other times, injuries may occur due to the negligence of a property owner. These types of accidents can occur anywhere from hotels and supermarkets to an apartment building or playground. Injuries can range from cuts and bruises to the more serious broken bones and head injuries.

There are a couple of things you should ask yourself before deciding to go ahead with a lawsuit for a slip and fall case:

  • Could the Accident Have Been Prevented?

    The key to winning these cases is proving that the owner’s negligence is the reason for injury. Therefore, if you tripped and fell because you did not notice a “caution” sign, or something similar, you will have a hard time proving that the owner was at fault for your accident.

  • How Long Was the Defect Present Before Your Accident?

    Reasonableness will be considered in any slip and fall case. For example, if a roof has only just started to leak, making for a slick floor that you slipped on, it’s reasonable that the owner may not have known about it yet, and therefore was unable to address the issue. However, if the leak has been happening for weeks and the owner has been made aware, yet has not fixed it, it is far less reasonable for the owner to allow the leak to continue.

  • Do You Have Photos of the Condition that Led to Your Injury?

    Photos of the condition of the scene at the time of your accident will mean a great deal to the outcome of your case. You should make sure to take these photos as soon as possible after your accident.

    If you need a slip and fall attorney, Harding Law Firm is ready to help you. Contact us today for a free consultation.

  • How to Find Up-To-Date Labor Laws

    The Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, August 16, 2016

    Whether you’re an employer, employee, union leader, or human resources manager, it’s important to keep up-to-date on the current labor laws. Here are some resources to help you out:

  • However, the most important source of information – especially for employers and human resource managers – is a knowledgeable attorney who is familiar with employment law. If you find yourself in need of guidance on employment law, contact Harding Law for a free consultation.
  • Personal Injuries and Construction Accidents

    The Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, August 02, 2016

    Construction work can be very dangerous, and accidents that occur involving construction workers can be devastating to the worker’s entire family. New York State has strict safety laws that protect construction workers in the case of said accidents.

    Common construction accidents that may benefit from legal counsel include:

    • Construction Site Falls
    • Construction Site Machinery Accidents
    • Fires
    • Explosions
    • Falling Debris
    • Overexertion and Extreme Conditions
    • Electrocution
    • Scaffold Issues
    • Elevator Shaft Falls and Injuries
    • Ladder Malfunctions and Falls
    • Vehicle Accidents

    Harding Law is knowledgeable in all of the laws, statutes, and regulations that protect workers who are injured as a result of a construction site accident. If you have been involved in an accident such as those listed above, contact Harding Law for a free consultation.

    How to Identify a Drunk Driver

    The Harding Law Firm - Thursday, July 21, 2016

    You can’t control the actions of other drivers on the road, but your awareness could save a life. There are several possible signs of drunk driving:

    • Straddling the center lane, driving on the wrong side of the road, or on the shoulder of the road
    • Taking extremely wide turns
    • Driving at least 10 mph below the speed limit
    • Signaling inconsistently with driving actions
    • Driving without headlights on
    • Braking erratically or following another car too closely
    • Slow or inappropriate responses to traffic signals (such as stopping at a green light)

    So, what can you do to protect yourself and others when you suspect you’re sharing the road with a drunk driver?

    • First off, do not try to pass the car, stop the car, or follow it too closely.
    • Be extremely aware and expect the unexpected.
    • Make note of the location, description of the car, behaviors of the driver, and direction of travel.
    • Call 911 as soon as possible with this information and report the suspected drunk driver.

    If these tips fail and you are victim to an automobile accident, contact Harding Law for your next steps.

    Pre-Marital Agreements

    The Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, July 05, 2016

    Some may think that pre-marital agreements (or “prenups”, as they’re often called) only lead to divorce. In fact, pre-marital agreements can aid a couple in many areas throughout their marriage. This is why many find it comforting to know they have settled important financial and property matters beforehand.

    There are many reasons to consider a pre-marital agreement. They can:

    • Protect each spouse from the other’s debts, also protecting their joint assets should a creditor ever get involved.
    • Ensure that children from previous marriages will inherit the property left to them.
    • Specify what happens to all property in the case of death. This is especially helpful if one party has possession of a family heirloom that they would like kept in their birth family.
    • Specify management of household expenses and bills, joint bank accounts, credit card spending and payments, contribution to savings accounts, college bills, etc.

    In the case of a divorce, this agreement is helpful and can save a lot of headaches, arguments, and money. However, what some don’t realize is that pre-marital agreements can also lead to a smoother marriage, as it encourages a couple to discuss financial responsibilities that may otherwise be overlooked and cause tension and disagreements during the marriage.

    Have questions? Contact Harding Law today for your FREE consultation!