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Why do lawyers use legalese?

Why do lawyers use legalese

First, let’s define legalese.  Dictionary.com defines legalese as the formal and technical language used in legal documents that is often hard to understand.  You have to be kidding me.  Why would lawyers write anything that is hard to understand?  Shouldn’t they be writing with a style that the reader can easily understand?  Is that not more persuasive?  More credible?  More relatable? It makes many of us wonder, why do lawyers use legalese? I dug around to find out.  No fancy research was used here; just plain Google.com.  I found some interesting theories.  Some old terms have been battle tested in court...

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How to Get Compensation After a Car Wreck

How to Get Compensation After a Car Wreck

There are roughly 4.7 million car crashes every year in the U.S. and is among the leading cause of death for those under the age of 55. Unfortunately, for those that are part of this statistic you will likely experience the physical pain and financial pain of a car wreck. After such a scary incident you may be wondering how to get compensation after a car wreck. Types of Compensation After a Car Accident After a car accident there are two types of compensation you may try to make a claim for, economic and non-economic compensation. Economic claims are a type of monetary...

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How long do I have to make a claim for social security disability benefits?

Claim for social security disability benefits

There are 2 types of disability benefits that you can apply for through the Social Security Administration. The first type is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits and the second is Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) benefits. I will discuss each type below and the deadlines to apply for those benefits. SSDI benefits are for individuals who have earned enough work credits due to paying into Social Security through their employment. These individuals have what is known as a date last insured from Social Security, which is determined by the Social Security Administration based on their work history. In order to be...

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How long do you have to file a slip & fall claim?

How long do you have to file slip & fall claim

A slip and fall injury may lead to something as minor as a bruise, but many times those types of injuries can be serious resulting to lifelong medical problems. Slip and fall accidents are one of the leading causes of injuries in the U.S. In the chance you are injured in a slip and fall incident you should know whether you have a claim and how long do you have to file a slip and fall claim. While not every state is the same when it comes to statute of limitations in a slip and fall claim, in Mississippi you have...

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Mistakes that Hurt your Car Accident Claim

Mistakes that Hurt your Car Accident Claim

The pain and suffering following a car accident can not only be physically painful but also financially. Everyday thousands are injured or killed due to car accidents, leaving them and their loved ones feeling lost. It’s important to know your rights after a car or truck wreck in order to get maximum compensation. The best thing you can do after a car wreck is to contact a car accident attorney in order to avoid mistakes that hurt your car accident claim. Mistakes After a Car Accident Admitting Fault After a car accident you might feel obligated to say sorry or apologize to...

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What to do if you’re an Uber Passenger in an Accident

What to do if you’re an Uber Passenger in an Accident

Uber is the top ridesharing company and an essential way of transportation for millions of users. While many Americans have experienced the convenience of Uber, some of us have unfortunately had a bad experience with the rideshare giant. Every day, there are thousands of motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. and for those who use Uber may find themselves part of this statistic. So, you may be wondering, what to do if you’re an Uber passenger in an accident. If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of a car wreck while riding in an Uber be sure to take the...

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Do I Have a Wrongful Death Claim?

Do I Have a Wrongful Death Claim

Losing a loved one because of someone else’s negligence is a tragic occurrence. And while no amount of money can bring them back, there could be financial compensation for the family left behind. If you lost a loved one due to negligence of others, you may ask yourself, do I have a wrongful death claim? Often grief keeps family members from filing their lawsuit in time. There are specific statutes of limitation that could prevent any recovery if a lawsuit is not filed during that timeframe. If you believe there is a claim for your loved one’s death, you should act...

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What is considered a disability to qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

What is considered a disability to qualify for Social Security disability benefits?

There are many different illnesses and conditions that can lead you to qualify to receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Some illnesses or conditions may automatically qualify you for benefits and other illnesses or conditions may produce symptoms that can get you qualified for social security disability benefits due to the restrictions you have from those illnesses or conditions. You may be asking yourself, what is considered a disability to qualify for Social Security disability benefits? The illness or condition can be physical or mental or it can be a combination of both. Some of the most commonly approved...

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Offshore Injuries

Offshore Injuries

Offshore injuries are unfortunately very common due to many dangerous factors such as heavy machinery, poor weather conditions, and much more. While many people working in the U.S. are covered under workers’ compensation laws if they are injured at work, that doesn’t apply to those working offshore such as on boats or rigs. Those working offshore and injured on the job are covered by a whole separate set of laws known as the Jones Act. In recent news, several offshore workers were killed in a helicopter crash off the Louisiana coast that was carrying oil rig workers. This is just one...

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3M Will Stop Manufacturing PFAS

3M Will Stop Manufacturing PFAS

The mass producer 3M announced Tuesday they will stop manufacturing PFAS. 3M is a producer of many consumer products such as sticky notes, adhesive tape, and much more. These long lasting and hazardous chemicals have been found to cause health risks for millions of Americans. 3M announced they plan to “exit all manufacturing” and “work to discontinue the use” of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, also known as PFAS. In the press release yesterday, 3M said they plan to exit this manufacturing of PFAS by 2025. These dangerous chemicals do not break down easily and have been found in many water supplies...

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