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How mediation can help with legal disputes

Settling disputes through litigation can be time consuming and costly for litigants which is why it is at least worth it for them to take a look at different legal options available to help them resolve their concern. Mediation is an alternative that can save time and money and may resolve the dispute in a more peaceful fashion.

Unlike traditional civil litigation, mediation provides the parties to a dispute a venue to discuss how they can settle their disputes and concerns. The parties meet and can discuss their dispute and concerns with the help of a trained mediator. The mediator can help guide the parties through their concerns to reach a resolution that both parties can live with. Rather than the court making the decision for them, the parties reach a resolution to their dispute for themselves with the help of the mediation process.

Knowing when to update an estate plan

Knowing when to update an estate plan is as important as setting up an estate plan. It is important to have key elements of an estate plan, including a will, but it is also important to update an estate plan if the estate planner experiences certain major life changes.

A good rule of thumb is that if an estate plan is three years old or older, it is a good idea to review it for any updates that are needed. Additionally, if the estate planner moves to another state, it is time to update the estate plan to ensure it is in compliance will all of the rules and requirements associated with estate planning and estate planning documents in the new state.

Basics of the arbitration process

There are different methods by which a legal dispute may be handled including litigation, mediation and arbitration. It is helpful for parties to a dispute to understand the different legal processes, including arbitration and how it works.

Arbitration is a type of alternative dispute resolution which refers to alternate options to resolve disputes as an alternative to civil litigation. Resolving disputes in court is the most commonly known and understood method of resolving legal disputes. Alternative dispute options can provide a more cost and time efficient method of resolving legal disputes.

Could you have one of the safest companies in the United States?

As a business owner, various responsibilities consistently pull you in different directions. You need to oversee productivity, increase your sales numbers and manage employees. And at the root of it all, you must prioritize safety.

Many businesses function with the understanding that they adhere to the established safety standards for their industry. But some companies raise the bar. Through creating initiatives in safety standards and training programs, in addition to promoting employee involvement in increasing safety precautions, you could become one of America’s Safest Companies.

What are defenses to medical malpractice?

Defenses to medical malpractice are based on the medical malpractice claim that is made against the doctor, medical care provider or hospital. Medical care providers may wonder how to refute claims of medical malpractice and defend themselves against a serious charge of medical malpractice.

To begin with, it is helpful to understand what a claim for medical malpractice is based on. A medical malpractice claim may be brought when the medical care professional or hospital is alleged to have been negligent and that the negligent care provided caused harm to the patient. The standard used to determine if the medical care provider or hospital was negligent is what a medical care provider in similar circumstances would have done which is known as the standard of care.

Do you doubt your employee's injury claim?

No employer wants to see a worker suffer an injury on the job. Everything comes to a halt while you tend to the employee, and if the injury is serious, you and your crew may find it difficult to get your minds back on the tasks of the day. As frustrating and time-consuming as it may be, you may be more than willing to set in motion the wheels of the workers' compensation process for an employee who legitimately suffers an injury in the course of his or her duties.

On the other hand, it is possible that nearly everyone who hires workers also deals with those who dishonestly claim to be injured so they can obtain workers' compensation benefits. These claims can be a drain on your budget, not to mention the stress it puts on the rest of your staff when they must cover for an employee who is supposedly too injured to work. If you suspect your employee's injury claim is not valid, do you know how to deal with it?

How to defend against a personal injury claim

It is important for individuals and businesses that have been accused of causing harm to be familiar with how to defend themselves against those accusations. Individuals and businesses accused of causing personal injuries have to make decisions about how to respond to a personal injury claim, how to defend against it and if they want to settle or go to trial.

There are a variety of different types of personal injury claims that individuals and businesses may need to defend themselves against in civil litigation. When an individual claims they have been harmed by a defective product, a business may find it needs to defend itself against a personal injury claim for damages. A product liability claim may be brought against a manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor or retailer of the product that is allegedly defective.

How can business owners prevent slip and fall accidents?

The last thing that business owners want to deal with is a lawsuit. Handling a personal injury claim can be an expensive and time-consuming ordeal that distracts owners from their business goals.

However, there are measures that business owners can take to avoid these kinds of lawsuits and protect themselves from liability. Here are some essential tips for business owners to reduce the chances of an accident on their property.

Legal resources for employers

This blog recently discussed common defenses to a workers' compensation claim. There are many claims that may be made against employers that they need help with which is why they should be familiar with the legal resources and defense options available to them when a claim has been made against them as the employer.

Employment law claims that may be made by employees against their employers can include claims for workers' compensation; wrongful discharge or termination; employment discrimination claims; sexual harassment claims; contract disputes; noncompete agreement disputes; wage and hour disputes; labor law issues; independent contractor issues; and claims that may be made under the Fair Labor Standards Act or Equal Pay Act. All of these disputes can be costly for employers and can also be a headache which is why legal resources are available to help employers facing them.

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