Woman Near Lubbock Electrocuted
A Montana woman visiting family near Lubbock, Texas was electrocuted on January 12th, 2014 near her family’s home when she picked up a lamp in the front yard. Sadly, the woman passed away as a result of her injuries. Fire inspectors found that the electrical wiring in the home was not up to code. Officials have cut electricity to the home until such time as the wiring meets state regulations. Accidents like this happen regularly in Lubbock, Wichita Falls, Tyler, Beaumont, Dallas, Houston, and throughout Texas.
Sometimes, things happen that just don’t seem fair. You feel wronged by another and you feel that you deserve some sort of compensation. Sometimes, it is difficult to know when it is an appropriate time to sue. We are taught to be forgiving and to not cause any “waves.” A good rule of thumb is: if you think you might need to talk to a lawyer, you probably do. At Loncar Lyon Jenkins, your first meeting with a lawyer is free, so there is no reason not to consultan attorney. When bringing a legal claim, the first decision to make is which claim to bring. This may sound obvious and even insultingly simple. In actuality, choosing the correct claim to bring could make or break your case.
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Lawyers are highly trained to spot legal issues. The better your lawyer, the more tailored your case will be to the facts of your situation. When you come in to see an attorney, they will ask you all sorts of questions. After or during first meeting with an attorney, the attorney will decide whether he or she wants to take your case. When making this decision, the attorney will consider several factors. Do I have the time to devote to this case, or is my plate already too full to serve this person like they deserve given the amount of work this case requires? Does this person have a strong case? Am I the type of lawyer this person needs, or does she need an attorney with a different specialty?
If you go to a personal injury lawyer, they will want to know if you have a strong case – or a case at all. Lawyers do not want people to waste much time pursuing a case when the lawyers know there is very little chance of success. Before anyone can predict whether a case will win or lose, the lawyer must determine if there is a case to make at all. To bring a personal injury claim, the plaintiff – that is, the person doing the suing – must show that the four following elements were present:
1. The defendant – the person being sued – owed a legal duty to the plaintiff;
2. The defendant breached that legal duty;
3. The defendant’s breach caused an injury to the plaintiff; and
4. There is some legal remedy for this breach.
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Your lawyer’s goal should be to get you the most favorable result in the most time efficient and economical way possible. This may mean settling early on for less money than you initially hoped for, or going to trial for a chance to win a higher monetary award even if it takes a little longer than expected. It is important to remember that you are in charge of what happens in your case. Your lawyer is just there to add his or her expertise to get you to your goal.
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