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Northwestern Ohio bankruptcy filings drop in May

If you've been considering bankruptcy but aren't sure if you want to proceed, you may want to look into a number of other options. Your attorney can help you review things like debt-settlement programs or repayment plans, or you may want to have your attorney help you negotiate with creditors to pay down bills without a bankruptcy.

Whatever you do, know that you aren't alone. Bankruptcies are still very common today, even though they are dropping in number in some parts of Ohio.

Civil cases and the discovery stage

The process of a civil case begins when you file a claim in federal court. The defendant in the case is served a copy of the complaint and asked to respond to the allegations and claims written down. The plaintiff, which would be you if you filed the case, is responsible for writing down how the defendant caused harm and show that the court has jurisdiction over the case. You can seek out compensation or to make the defendant stop certain actions that are causing you harm.

When you're preparing your case with your attorney, there may be a stage called "discovery." During this time, you must provide information about the case to the other party's legal counsel. This stage of the case allows both sides to prepare for court. You can plan to call witnesses and gather all the information you need to state your case in court.

Avoid debt with these helpful tips on saving money

When your finances are tight and the number of bills you have increases, you may think that you won't ever be able to get out of debt. That's not completely true, though, and there are some ways you can avoid taking on debts you don't need.

Of course, the best way to avoid overdue bills is to pay them on time, but everyone has a time when that might not be possible. To avoid taking on debts that you don't need to be spending on, consider creating a budget and breaking it down into cash in envelopes. This will help you avoid impulse purchases, because once the money in the envelope is gone, you won't be able to spend anything else until the next time you're able to budget again.

What are common car accident injuries?

Getting into a car accident can result in painful injuries. You may find you need to seek out rehabilitation and other medical treatments. You can make a claim against the driver who caused your accident with the help of your attorney, so you can be compensated for the costs associated with your injuries. What kinds of injuries are the most common, though, and what can victims do to recover?

The first set of injuries that tends to be suffered includes head and brain injuries. When a car is hit suddenly, the person inside is jerked to the side, forward or back. The brain can twist inside the head or impact the skull; both actions can lead to brain damage. A victim may also hit his head on the window or dashboard, which can cause contusions and other injuries.

7 people injured in multi-car pile up in Ohio

Car accidents can happen suddenly, particularly on highways and in busy intersections where multiple drivers may be close to one another. While getting where you want to go at high speeds is ideal for most people and a major reason why highways are in existence, when you are traveling at high speeds on a highway and get into an accident, it can be devastating. Even accidents with similarly sized vehicles can cause you and your loved ones serious injuries.

After a crash, the person at fault will likely have to cover the expenses of those who were injured. This claim may take some time to be resolved, but as long as you make a claim or file a petition for damages before the statute of limitations runs out, you're able to seek compensation. The first step is to initiate a claim with the at-fault driver's insurance company, or by suing the person directly if he or she didn't have insurance coverage.

Is Ohio a safe state when it comes to workplace accidents?

When you're trying to get a job or work at your employer's location, you want to make sure that you're going to be safe and that your welfare is of concern to your employer. Ohio does not do well when it comes to workplace safety, according to some reports, because the number of deaths is simply too high for the Midwest region.

How is Ohio placed statistically for workplace injuries?

Can a rape charge be defended against?

Defending a charge of rape can be tricky. This crime is one that is known as being difficult to defend, because it's a very serious accusation that takes little to prove. In some cases, it comes down to he-said-she-said stories.

What's important to understand is that those who are accused of rape aren't allowed to offer evidence about the victim's promiscuity or have a psychological exam ordered. In fact, no real evidence except for the victim's word is needed to make a claim of rape.

Digging your way out of debt may require legal help

Personal bankruptcy is an option you have if you feel your debts have become overwhelming. While you have other options, like negotiating with creditors over your debts or using a payment plan to make installments on your debts over time, a bankruptcy can be a good way to get a fresh start.

If you have high credit card bills or interest rates that are sky-high, starting over post-bankruptcy may be a good option. In the past, the economy was not good and many people got into trouble using credit, losing their jobs and struggling to pay their bills.

Getting compensated after getting hurt at work

When you're hurt at work, you should be able to apply for workers' compensation. There are a few kinds of benefits you can receive, but the most common is the temporary total disability benefit provided through the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation. This form of benefits replaces wages lost by those who are unable to work while they are going through recovery.

While you may only know about this kind of workers' compensation, there are also ways you can get compensated in other ways. These benefit payments can't normally be received through litigation on a personal injury claim, but you should be able to work with your attorney to file the correct documents for additional coverage through these processes.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of bankruptcy?

There are both advantages and disadvantages to filing for bankruptcy to consider. Before you file, you may want to speak with your attorney about other options in Columbus, which may include things like payment plans or short sales to help you get out of debt. If you decide to move forward with bankruptcy, then you'll want to understand the possible pitfalls.

What are the disadvantages of filing for bankruptcy?

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