May 17, 2013
So, you’re on your way home from work when somebody behind you, distracted by their cell phone, slams into the back of your car. You step out, back aching, and look over the damage. This seems pretty straight-forward. The guy who hit you is clearly at fault. So all you have to do is get his insurance information, contact your insurance agent, and his insurance company will pay for everything, right? Wrong. This is a perfect example of how something might look simple when in reality it is full of complexities. Your auto accident case might seem pretty cut-and-dry …
May 9, 2013
“Wrongful death” sounds like an odd – redundant – phrase to most people (and with good reason). Why qualify the word “death” with a variant of the word “wrong?” Isn’t death always “wrong” in one way or another? Well, in the realm of the legal system, a “wrongful death” case is an instance in which damages are sought against an individual or other type of party for causing a death. Essentially, in a wrongful death case, the death was not caused by natural causes or a pure accident—nor was the result of homicide. Wrongful death cases stem from someone, …
April 19, 2013
So, what is a statute of limitations? A statute of limitation is a statute—an enactment in the legal system—that determines the maximum amount of time that can pass after an incident before legal proceedings based on the incident must commence. Statutes of limitations apply to both civil law (the type of law we handle) and criminal law (the type of law the government executes). There are some instances in which there are no applicable statutes of limitations. For example, in the United States, what are deemed to be “heinous crimes” carry no associated statute of limitations. Thus, as a general …
February 20, 2013
Carnival Cruise Lines is back in the news—yes, this is the same Carnival company that was involved in the Costa Concordia disaster off the coast of Italy last year. The cruise ship involved in this debacle is the Carnival Triumph, though the ship and its operations have been significantly less than “triumphant” as of late.
The Triumph left Texas on February 7th, headed for Mexico with roughly 4,200 passengers. However, on the third day of the triumphant voyage, a fire broke-out in the engine room on the ship. Now, if something is going to catch on fire, …
January 7, 2013
Despite popular belief to the contrary, personal injury law covers much more than auto accidents. While the scope of P.I. law extends beyond the typical “accident,” it is true that accidents of some sort comprise the majority of issues that we deal with. So, we’d like to give you an outline of some of the varying types of accidents you might find yourself in.
First, we have the common auto accident. Car crashes can be the result of a multitude of wrongdoings—texting while driving, speeding, driving while intoxicated, driving during inclement weather, being distracted by something else in the car, …
January 2, 2013
While it’s certainly important (and absolutely critical) to have an experienced personal injury lawyer represent you in your case, there are things that you can do to help your case. Your lawyer can do a great deal of the legal work for you, but there are some things that you can do far better than your attorney given the fact that you were directly involved in your personal injury accident and the aftermath. Thus, in this blog, we’d like to impart to you some valuable tips regarding what you can do to help your case.
The first, and perhaps …
December 21, 2012
Being self-sufficient is wonderful. If you can fix a leaky pipe, great! If you can change a flat tire without calling AAA, more power to you! It’s a great feeling knowing you’ve done something on your own without any outside assistance—there is tremendous satisfaction in that. However, one thing you should not try to do for yourself is represent yourself in a court of law. Sometimes a plumber or car mechanic are unnecessary if you have a leaky pipe or a blown tire, but lawyers, especially when there is so much on the line, are almost always necessary. Even if you …
December 18, 2012
In relation to the immense and devastating tragedy that befell the town of Newtown, Connecticut on December 14th, the term “wrongful death” is a gross understatement. The killing of these individuals—the vast majority of who were children—was senseless, horrifying, shocking and depressing. While the one directly responsible for the deaths may be dead himself, there might be other individuals who failed in their responsibilities in this matter, but that is an issue for another day. For now, we must let Newtown recuperate.
In this blog, we are going to discuss some aspects of a wrongful death suit. Typically, this …
December 13, 2012
When you were younger, odds are that at one point or another somebody suggested that you stick up to a bully by saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Aside from probably making the bully even angrier, this line certainly doesn’t take into account anyone who has ever been the victim of slander or libel. Somebody whose good name has been improperly tarnished—and who has suffered significant losses as a result—would almost assuredly have rather fielded a few sticks and stones than the enormous consequences of slander or libel.
Slander/libel and emotional damage …
December 4, 2012
In the aftermath of an accident, you’ll hear a lot of things—arguing, advice, and legal lingo. Legal terms relating to personal injury law will be hurled from all sides in describing what happened and how to move forward. When trying to navigate your case with your attorney, it is incredibly beneficial to have a basic understanding of what the relevant legal terms actually mean so that you can know what you’re being told and, most importantly, whether or not it’s right!
Here, at the Law Offices of Aronberg and Aronberg, we want to make sure that you are well equipped …