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Posted On 01/11/19

Can I Still Sue After a Settlement?

Many civil claims never reach the trial phase. It is generally in the best interest of all parties to settle the matter as quickly as possible to avoid legal fees for lengthy litigation. A plaintiff may be willing to forego a bit of compensation in exchange for a speedier resolution to a claim. A defendant may be willing to part with a bit more than expected to clear up the situation as quickly as possible. It is essential to understand how settlements work. When an injured party agrees to a settlement offer, accepting the settlement is almost always contingent upon signing a release of liability for the defendant. This means...

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Posted On 01/07/19

Is Arizona a No-Fault State?

Every state uses its own rules for handling car accident claims, and states generally fall under “fault” and “no-fault” designations. Under a no-fault system, an injured driver must resort to his or her own insurance. A driver may only take legal action against an at-fault driver under specific circumstances. Under fault-based systems, the at-fault driver bears liability for the damages he or she causes. To learn more about your unique car accident claim in Arizona, contact the Phoenix car accident lawyers at Begam Marks & Traulsen, P.A. Fault in Arizona Arizona operates under a traditional fault-based system. This means that after any accident it is essential to establish fault for...

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Posted On 01/02/19

Can I Sue for Food Poisoning?

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a food safety alert concerning romaine lettuce. Romaine lettuce grown in central and northern California was found to be contaminated with E. coli. The affected crops contain a strain of E. coli that produces the Shiga toxin. The toxin can cause renal failure and a host of adverse symptoms. If you or a loved one recently suffered food poisoning or E. coli symptoms after eating contaminated romaine lettuce or other foods, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. To learn more about your unique case, speak with a qualified Phoenix personal injury lawyer. The Recent E. Coli Outbreak The Food...

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Posted On 12/26/18

What Are Good Samaritan Laws?

Many states have adopted “Good Samaritan” laws. In an effort to reduce the number of accidental drug overdose deaths and encourage average citizens to offer assistance to others in need in times of crisis, Good Samaritan laws were born. Prior to the enactment of Good Samaritan laws, some individuals hesitated to call for help when a friend or relative suffered a drug overdose for fear of receiving drug-related criminal charges. In other cases, people who received life-saving assistance from strangers in times of need actually decided to pursue legal claims against those individuals for perceived damages. It is important for all Arizona residents to know how Good Samaritan laws work....

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Posted On 12/17/18

Holiday Personal Safety Tips

The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year for many Americans, but it is important to keep a few basic personal safety tips in mind to prevent injuries this holiday season. Good judgment and a few best practices can help prevent accidents and injuries so you and your family can enjoy the holiday season to the fullest. Holiday Lights and Decorations Many Americans decorate the inside and outside of their homes with festive electrical lights. It is important to realize that holiday lights can pose a fire risk under certain circumstances. These are a few best practices for handling holiday lights. Checking wattage. A good rule of...

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Posted On 12/14/18

November Product Recalls

It is important for American consumers to keep track of recent product recalls in case they may have purchased recalled products. If a consumer suffers injuries or other damages from a recalled product, he or she may have grounds for a product liability claim against the product manufacturer. If you believe you have a product liability claim, speak with an experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney to learn more about securing compensation for your injuries. The following is a list of the products recalled by manufacturers in November of 2018 maintained by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Black and Decker Hammer Drills Black and Decker recalled these drills due to...

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