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How Can Consumers Fight Back Against Forced Arbitration?

Published on Apr 16, 2020 at 3:51 pm in Personal Injury.

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Arbitration is an alternative method of resolving disputes. Two parties present their sides of a complaint to an arbitrator or panel of arbitrators. The arbitrator’s job is to weigh the facts and arguments of both sides and make a determination.

While there are instances of voluntary arbitration, forced arbitration arises when a company requires a consumer to submit any dispute to binding arbitration as a condition of buying a product. The consumer has to waive their right to sue, participate in a class-action lawsuit, or file an appeal. With this type of dispute resolution, the decision is binding and the results are not made public.

When consumers are dealing with defective or harmful products, forced arbitration can get in the way of recovery and informing others about the potential dangers. That’s why it’s important for consumers to know how to fight back against forced arbitration.

Ask a Lawyer: What Does the Term “Injury Discovery” Mean?

Published on Nov 27, 2019 at 9:41 am in Personal Injury.

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Injuries can occur from all kinds of situations. A personal injury case stems from a serious injury caused by another person. Whether you’ve been in a serious car accident, experienced medical malpractice, or used a product that later turned out to be harmful, you could get injured from the negligence of another person. But you don’t always know you’re injured immediately after an accident. It can sometimes take weeks, months, or even years to realize you’ve been injured or developed a disease from an incident or product.

How Criminal Charges Can Affect a Personal Injury Claim

Published on Oct 30, 2019 at 1:37 pm in Personal Injury.

If you’ve been in a serious accident, you may not know where to turn or what your legal rights are. After you’ve sought medical attention and taken some time to ground yourself, it’s best to get in touch with a lawyer. Whether you were in a car, were wrongfully hurt by a physician or defective product, or sustained injuries on someone’s property, you may have grounds to file a personal injury claim. With the right legal team backing you, you’ll receive the compensation you need to recover.

In addition to the civil claim, there are some accidents that can also result in criminal charges. If you believe your accident may apply to both areas, getting in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible is the best action you can take for your future and your recovery.

Can a Personal Injury Case Ever Be Reopened?

Published on Aug 6, 2019 at 3:48 pm in Personal Injury.

In most situations, a personal injury case cannot be reopened once a settlement has been reached. If the personal injury case went to trial, however, the way the case was closed determines whether or not it can be reopened. If a judge closes a case without prejudice, it can be reopened. But most personal injury cases do not go to trial. The majority are settled outside of court through negotiations. Understanding how settlements work will affect your ability to reopen a case.

Signing a Release of Liability

A Release of Liability Form is a legal document between two parties. The Releasor, typically the injured party, is the person promising not to sue after the agreement has been signed. The other party, the Releasee, is the at-fault person or entity. Other names for this document include Conditional and Unconditional Waiver Form, General Waiver, Legal Release, Waiver of Liability Agreement, and Liability Waiver Form.