We spend more time at work than we do at home, and our families depend on our income. So what do we do when our workplace becomes uncomfortable or unsafe?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was created in 1965 a result of civil rights legislation. It was intended to level the playing field for minorities in the workplace. But unfortunately, many employees still face discriminatory work environments today.

If you feel like your employer is discriminating against you because of your race, color, religion, sex or disability, you may have grounds for a workplace discrimination lawsuit.

Here are seven clues which may indicate illegal discrimination in your workplace.

1. Racial Slurs or Jokes 

Unfortunately, racial discrimination still happens, even fifty years after the passage of laws intended to stop it. 

Each year, the federal EEOC and its state counterparts hear more than 100,000 cases. 

Have you heard a supervisor repeatedly using the "n" word? Has anyone stopped her?

Using certain offensive language, even in the context of a joke, can indicate discriminatory practices, especially if management does not take measures to prevent this behavior.

You may also notice that the only people getting promoted are white. This might be another clue that the company is basing hiring decisions on discriminatory policies.

2. You Make Less Than Other Employees Doing Your Same Job 

You have the right to earn the same amount as workers who share your credentials, experience, and capabilities.

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 determined that pay scales for identical work must be the same for males and females. If a woman works the same amount of time, doing the same thing and in order to meet the same goals as a man, she is entitled to equal pay.

Still, on average, a woman earns 80.5 cents for every dollar a man earns. 

If you think you are earning less because of your gender, sexuality, race or other protected status, you should talk to an employment lawyer. You may have grounds for a lawsuit.

3. Sexually Inappropriate Remarks or Behavior 

Times have changed. The era of hanging suggestive calendars in the break room and talking about women's bodies are over....we hope. 

Most workplace policies prohibit talking about sex, displaying sexually explicit materials, or inappropriate touching or overtures towards other employees.

As we have seen in the era of #MeToo, it is illegal to make someone's promotion or job dependent on sexual favors.

You have the right to feel safe in your workplace. You have the right to be free from unwanted sexual attention. 

Even dirty jokes can make some employees uncomfortable and give rise to a job discrimination suit if they are pervasive and management does nothing to stop them.

Treating people differently because of their sexual orientation is also not allowed in most states.

4. Pregnant Employees Treated Differently 

Say you let your boss know that you are pregnant and you start to get less appealing tasks or you are placed on less lucrative accounts. You may be the subject of discrimination. 

Pregnancy is a condition only experienced by women so being treated differently due to pregnancy amounts to gender-based discrimination. In the old days, women were routinely fired for being pregnant- if they were hired at all.

Often a pregnant employee is allowed certain privileges, such as being given time off for prenatal appointments. If you are expecting a baby, you may also ask for special accommodations. For example, you can ask to be exempt from heavy lifting during your pregnancy.

Employers must make reasonable accommodations.

If you suspect you are being treated differently due to your pregnancy, you may need an employment lawyer.

5. You Get Demoted or Passed Over After You Complain 

What if you complain to HR that your boss is acting inappropriately and the following week you are moved to an inconvenient and unappealing office? What if you tell your supervisor that your colleagues are making racial jokes, and you start getting left off of preferred projects and refused overtime assignments?

You may be experiencing retaliation.

Retaliation occurs when employers treat employees or job applicants less favorably for reporting discrimination.

Workers are protected from termination for filing an EEOC claim. Even if you do not ultimately win the EEOC claim, you cannot be penalized for filing it.

6. Job Descriptions Include Age Range 

Some employers discriminate against people they haven't even hired yet. This occurs most often in job postings.

If a job posting asks for applicants under age thirty, they are discriminating against older people.

More subtle language about qualifications can also be seen as discriminatory. For example, men once successfully sued an airline for its height requirement for attendants. The airline accepted applications only from people under 5'9". This, of course, ruled out most men.

Gender-based qualifications are harder to prove than age and other categories. For example, Hooters has fended off various suits for gender-based discrimination because it argues that its brand or experience depends on Hooters "girls" as servers.

7.  Lack of Accessibility 

Large companies have an obligation to consider disabled employees and to make reasonable accommodations for them. If your company has more than 15 employees, it should be handicapped accessible. It must also interview qualified candidates for jobs despite any disabilities.

Often employers and employees disagree on what constitutes reasonable accommodation. 

Your boss is not required to undertake accommodations which might impose an undue hardship like excessive cost. He also does not have to provide the exact accommodation requested. For example, you might want an elevator installed,  but your employer may instead allow you to work from home.

Workplace Discrimination Lawsuit: How Do I Do It?

If you think you are the victim of illegal discrimination at work, you may file a claim yourself with the EEOC. 

If you want experienced legal guidance on the matter, you may wish to speak to an attorney who has worked with the EEOC previously. He or she may also be able to help you if you wish to proceed with a workplace discrimination lawsuit. You may be eligible to receive compensation for any damage done to your career and reputation by this discrimination.

For more information on the latest developments in employment law, check out our blog.

The Civil Rights Movement began in the late 1940s. One of the first acts was President Harry Truman ending segregation in the Armed Forces.

While the United States has made progress in terms of civil rights, we still struggle with civil rights violations today. One way to ensure that you protect yourself and your basic civil rights is to know what they are.

We're living in turbulent times. Knowing when a civil rights violation occurs can empower you to stand up and protect yourself, loved ones or even your fellow human being.

Keep reading to learn the seven most common types of civil rights violations and what to do if it happens to you.

What Civil Rights Violations Are

While other rights concepts are thought to be acquired from God or nature, civil rights are guaranteed and given from the state. As a result, civil rights tend to vary due to the following reasons:

  • Time
  • Culture
  • Form of government

Trends in society also dictate which civil rights are included as state laws. A current example is the civil rights of the LGBTQ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer).

What Civil Rights Do

Civil rights help to guarantee full and equal citizenship for all people, but especially those who have traditionally been discriminated against due to some group characteristic such as their religion or color of their skin.

The Most Common Civil Rights Violations

1. Denying Employment Can Be a Civil Rights Violation

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 made it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees based on:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Sex

Unfortunately, these rights continue to be violated today. Even with other laws that extend these fundamental protections to cover the following:

  • Age
  • Disability
  • Sexual orientation

Take Action if You Notice Workplace Discrimination

If you feel an employer or potential employer is doing the following, you have strong grounds to pursue an employment discrimination lawsuit:

  • Preventing people from being hired
  • Firing people based on the above factors
  • Creating a hostile work environment in an effort to drive out certain employees
  • Use individual qualities as a basis to discriminate

Reporting a civil rights violation helps make the workplace a safe environment for everyone.

2. Using Excessive Force Unnecessarily is a Violation of Civil Rights

A recent investigation by USA TODAY Network found that over 85,000 law enforcement officers in the past decade had been investigated or disciplined for misconduct.

Out of those 85,000, there were 22,924 investigations of officers using excessive force. Improper conduct by law enforcement is still thriving today despite it being illegal.

Examples of Inappropriate Law Enforcement Behavior

You can bring claims based on the following behaviors by law enforcement officers:

  • Excessive force
  • Brutality
  • Abuses of power
  • Unjustified police shootings

Thanks to advancements in DNA testing, there is a growing number of convicted individuals who are being freed thanks to newly discovered evidence. As a result, many wrongful conviction lawsuits are popping up all over the country.

3. Sexual Assault is a Violation of Civil Liberties

While women's rights are usually ignored in most of these civil rights laws, some do protect women. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 included language that made sexual harassment in the workplace illegal.

It also made it illegal to allow inappropriate conduct related to the gender or pregnancy status of an employee. It is now illegal to fire someone or to refuse to hire someone if they are pregnant or may become pregnant.

4. False Arrest and Obstruction of Justice

Thanks to advancements in DNA testing, there is a growing number of convicted individuals who are being freed thanks to newly discovered evidence. As a result, many wrongful conviction lawsuits are popping up all over the country.

Both the government and the police have been found guilty of violating the civil rights of citizens, especially those who are African American and Hispanic. These civil rights violations also include search and seizures and being stopped and questioned just for being a person of color.

When the government feels free to discriminate against its own citizens, it places every citizen at risk.

5. Denying Housing Can Be a Violation of Basic Civil Rights

Just like you can't discriminate against an employee for certain reasons, you can't deny housing for those same certain reasons. While it's okay to deny housing to someone for owning a pet, you can't deny housing to someone because of their race or religion.

New laws are now protecting people, especially women from sexual harassment in their home environment.

One way to fight back is to file a complaint with HUD (Housing and Urban Development).

6. Denying Someone the Right to Vote

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 prohibits discriminatory voting practices based on race and/or disability. It even included language to ensure states and localities couldn't pass laws to block citizens from being able to vote.

New Restrictive Laws Keep Popping Up

Yet, there are still problems with minorities being denied to vote today. A recent investigation found that at least 23 states had enacted "newly restrictive statewide voter laws" such as:

  • Purging voter rolls
  • Eliminating early voting
  • Imposing stricter voter ID laws

While there have been 61 lawsuits filed to challenge those state election laws in the past, none have been filed since Donald Trump took office.

7. Hate Crimes

The first federal hate crimes statute was passed in 1968. It made it a crime to threaten to use, use, force to willfully interfere with any human based on color, race, national origin or race because the person was participating in a federally protected activity such as going to work, serving on jury duty or attending school.

Since then, new laws were added to protect people from crimes based on their disability or familial status. It's also now illegal to deface, destroy or damage religious real property or interfere with someone's religious practice.

In 2009, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr Hate Crimes Prevention Act expanded the definition of hate crimes to include gender identity and sexual orientation.

What to Do if Your Civil Rights are Being Violated

If you suspect you are the victim of civil rights violations, you have several options. You can negotiate informally, file a claim or contact an attorney.

What's not okay is to continue allowing it to happen. If it's happening to you, it's happening to others and you can help make it stop.

One way to get the information and support you need and deserve is to contact a civil rights attorney. We can help you make the right decision and take appropriate action. Set up a time to receive your free consultation here.

If you listen to commercials for personal injury attorneys or watch TV, you get the wrong impression of personal injury cases. They make it sound like a quick process: you get injured and then you get paid.

The reality is far more complex. Too many people have been left footing the bill for their injuries because their case didn't go as planned.

We don't say this to scare you. We say it to stress the importance of hiring the right attorney from the start. If you're struggling to find a personal injury lawyer in Omaha to handle your case, these tips can help.

Locate a Specialized Personal Injury Lawyer in Omaha

As you look for an attorney, limit your search to lawyers who specialize in personal injury cases. While lawyers learn about all areas of the law in their education, they all specialize in something different in their careers. They delve into the more intricate aspects of that specialty while they handle case after case.

A contract lawyer has some knowledge of personal injury issues from law school, but they won't match the expertise of someone who handles personal injury cases day after day.

Make sure your attorney specializes in personal injury law and that they have a wealth of experience in this area.

Get Recommendations

An easy first step in your lawyer search is to get recommendations from family members and friends.

Make sure they're relevant recommendations, though. Someone may have had a great divorce attorney but chances are that they can't handle your car accident case with the same skill.

Another note about recommendations: take them with a grain of salt. It's a great place to start but no matter how happy someone else was with the attorney, you need to research them the same way you'd research a random name you found online.

Investigate Their Background

You don't have to become a private eye to hire a lawyer, but don't take everything at face value either.

Check with your state to verify a lawyer's license before you make a commitment. Don't assume that everyone who advertises their services has the credentials to do it with expertise.

Have a Personal Meeting

Hiring an attorney is an important choice. They'll be the difference between whether you get compensation for your injury or you're left in a financial hole.

As important as it is to research your lawyer, never underestimate the importance of an in-person meeting.

On the surface, the meeting is a chance for you to tell them about your case and get their initial thoughts. At the same time, pay attention to whether you and the lawyer seem to communicate well. There is an amount of communication chemistry you need to have to work well with an attorney.

Learn Their History with Your Type of Case

We mentioned above that you want a lawyer who specializes in personal injury cases, but that isn't all.

Within the category of personal injury, there are many types of cases. There are different ways to handle car accident cases compared to slip and fall cases.

We aren't saying your attorney has to handle your type of case exclusively. If their personal injury practice is almost exclusively focused on a different type of case than yours, though, they may not be the best fit.

Find Out Who Actually Handles Your Case

Too many people have thought they hired the best lawyer around, only to find out that attorney never touched their case.

As you're interviewing attorneys, find out who will actually handle your case. There's no problem with delegating much of the legwork to paralegals and junior lawyers, but you want to know who will be involved.

This is especially true at large law firms. Chances are that the face you see on the side of the bus won't be the one toiling over your case.

Get References

At many law firms, the firm will ask past clients if they would be willing to serve as a reference. They maintain lists of people you can speak to for yourself.

While you shop for law firms, ask for a few references who have had similar cases to yours. If you're suing someone for a car accident injury, it won't be as relevant to talk to someone who won a medical malpractice suit.

As helpful as testimonials can be, don't view them as substitutes for client references. You want the opportunity to ask specific questions and get the answers straight from someone who's been in your shoes.

Pay Attention to the Details

Before you hire an attorney, you're likely to have contact with them several times to set up meetings, ask questions, and more.

As you do this, pay attention to what seem like minor details. How easy is it to get in touch with them? Can you schedule a timely meeting or does it take weeks to get in? How soon do they respond to your emails and calls?

Considering that they're trying to win your business, remember that this is probably them on their best behavior. If it's a burden to get them to return a phone call now, do you really want to put up with that throughout your case?

Choosing Your Future

Your lawyer may not be the only factor that determines whether you get the settlement you want, but they're a big one. No matter how easy and clear-cut you think your case is, the wrong attorney can tank it.

The tips above can help you find the best personal injury lawyer in Omaha for your case. The most important thing to remember is to take your time to find that perfect fit. It's better to wait a few extra months for a great settlement than to rush the process and get nothing.

To find out how we can help you, contact our personal injury attorneys today.

We might not like to think about it, but a day will come when we're no longer here. When you're no longer able to manage your own affairs for any reason, you'll still want to make sure that your will is enacted.

Most people know that it's important to have a will, but they don't realize how important it is to have an estate lawyer involved in the planning process.

If you want to be sure that everything will hold up in a court of law, or even if you just want a second opinion, an attorney is always worth the investment. Read on for seven reasons you should hire an estate planning attorney.

1. Estate Planning Is More Than Just a Will

Once you've drafted your last will and testament, estate planning doesn't stop there. It's an ongoing process that can change as new things happen in your life.

Maybe you acquire new property, or your children begin to have grandchildren. How will you take these changes into account?

You'll need to review your estate plan every few years to be sure you don't want to change or update your beneficiaries, your will is still accurate, and you're still compliant with state law. An attorney can help to walk you through this process and make sure all of your bases are covered.

2. Laws Are Changing

Attorneys can also help to ensure that your estate planning is still legally binding. States change and revise their laws, so the plan that was drawn up five years ago might not be as effective today.

No one expects for people outside of the legal field to have the time to sit and pore over laws and legislation to see how it affects their personal estates. That's quite literally a full-time job -- and why people hire estate attorneys.

Once you find someone you trust, you can rely on them to let you know if you need to make any changes.

3. Get An Objective Opinion

We ask for second opinions on many things in our lives, everything from living room paint colors to our next career move. Why wouldn't we want a second opinion on something as important as estate planning?

It can be hard to ask people about this because it's so deeply personal. Family members who are named as your beneficiaries also might only tell you to do things that would benefit them.

An estate attorney can give you an objective opinion on your plan and help you see any potential drawbacks or flaws. Since this is an emotional process for you, too, it's handy to have another pair of eyes.

4. Navigate Complicated Situations

Estate planning isn't as simple as saying who should get the good china when you're gone. There are lots of situations that could make your planning a little more complicated.

Do you own multiple properties? Have you been married more than once? What if you want to give some of your money to charity?

Any of these would make the planning process hard. More than one...well, you can see how that would go.

An estate attorney can help to navigate complex situations and help you make sure that you design the outcome you want.

5. Minimize Your Estate Taxes

Chances are you probably want as much of your money and assets to go to your family and loved ones as possible. This is difficult to ensure when estate taxes are an unfortunate reality of life.

On your own, it's going to be hard to figure out how you can work within the law to minimize your estate taxes. Tax law is famous for being complicated and we all only have so many hours in the day.

Instead, work with a professional who can help you see how to reduce the amount of your estate that will go to taxes, ensuring that more of your money is kept within the family.

6. Set Up a Trust

If you have younger children, you might want to set up a trust to make sure that they're taken care of in case you pass away. This is a little bit more complicated than just leaving money to your kids since they can't be responsible for it until they become adults.

If you want to make sure that what you leave to your beneficiaries is managed well, you'll want to set up a trust. With the help of an attorney, you can customize this to whatever your needs are.

You can set aside certain amounts for each child, or make sure that certain requirements are met before they access the money. You can also keep the money safe from guardians as well, to make sure that the money really only goes to the people you love.

7. Plan for Your Business

If you own a business, you'll need to include that in your estate planning, too. This is another factor that can make planning a major headache -- which is where attorneys are so helpful.

You're going to need to either account for your share of the business or the entire thing in your estate plan. (If you're self-employed, that can sometimes count as owning a business, too.)

Whether you want to make sure that your business is run a certain way or you're trying to make sure your family still has a monetary stake in the business after you're gone, an attorney can help you make this happen.

Get Help from an Estate Planning Attorney

When we reach the end of our lives, we don't just want to be content that we've lived a full and happy life. We also want to be sure that we've provided for our families the best that we can.

Your estate is too important to leave to chance. Hiring an estate planning attorney helps to make sure that your will is enacted, no matter how complex or confusing your situation might be.

We can help you address all of your needs. Schedule a free consultation today to discover how we can work together.

Estate planning...is it on your to-do list?

Are you ready to join the 40% of Americans who already have an estate plan?

Though many of us realize that estate planning is important, a lot of us never get around to doing it.

If you want to prepare for your future and provide for your family, you need to get your affairs in order via an estate plan.

Before you jump in head first though, there are some estate planning tips you should know. Let's take a look at some of the more important ones.

What is Estate Planning?

The estate planning definition is fairly simple and it is more than having a will. It is the transference of a person's wealth and assets after the person passes. It also includes provisions in which a family member is given power of attorney should you become incapacitated or unable to control your assets and estate.

Assets include life insurance, personal belongings, pension, property, and vehicles. Debt is also included in a person's estate.

Once an estate plan is made, the owner of the estate signs it and notarizes it in order for it to hold up in a legal proceeding.

Estate Planning Tips

Now that you know what an estate plan is, it's time to get started with yours. Here are the tips that will help you create an estate planning checklist.

1. Choose a Qualified Estate Planner or Team

Estate planning is not just worrying about who gets what when you die. It is also taking your assets that you have now and helping them grow into something to leave behind.

You'll want to meet with an attorney who deals specifically with estate planning, a financial advisor and a tax professional. Each one can help you find the best way to handle the specifics of your estate.

Attorney - Knows federal and state laws regarding the setting up of trusts and wills.

Financial Advisor-Will help you with investing and planning for your retirement years.

Tax Professional-Knows tax laws and can help minimize the income taxes that your beneficiary will be required to pay on the inheritance.

2. Designate Who Gets What

Do you have expensive jewelry or a sports car? To whom would you want those to go in the event of your death? This is where a will comes in.

Without a will, your assets may end up in probate or go to whomever the law says they will go. In most cases, it is an immediate family member.

If you are married, this means your spouse. If not, your assets would go to your parents or children if you have them.

3. Add a Life Insurance Policy to Cover Taxes

If your beneficiary is going to be expected to pay a large sum of income or estate tax, add a life insurance policy that will cover these taxes.

Life insurance proceeds are tax-free, believe it or not. Say you know that your spouse will owe $100,000 in estate taxes, purchase a life insurance policy that will pay $100,000 upon your death and your spouse can use that money to pay the IRS.

4. Specify How You Want Money to be Spent

If you have a child who you know will blow all of his inheritance in six months, it is a good idea to specify how you want the money spent.

If you'd like the money to be used to pay for college, hold it in trust until that time. If you would like to provide for specific needs of each individual, spell that out as well.

At the very least, leave a letter of intent to the executor of your will or beneficiary. In this letter, you may list what to do with each of your assets. You may also include funeral arrangements in this document.

5. Designate Guardians for Young Children

If you have or are planning to have children, it is important to choose a guardian or guardians for them.

Choosing the right person is important because you want your children to have a stable, financially sound person raising them if you should pass while they are young.

It is also advised that you choose a backup guardian as well.

Talk it over with whomever you choose and make sure you are all on the same page with regards to your children.

Without this designation, your children could end up with family members that you would not want. In the worst case, they could end up wards of the state.

6. Avoid Estate and Income Taxes

If you don't want the majority of your estate to go to taxes, do what you can to minimize income and estate taxes.

One idea is to gift money to your beneficiaries while you are still living. You can give up to $13,000 of nontaxable money to each individual. There is an added bonus of seeing your loved ones enjoy the money while you're alive.

Another strategy is to leave taxable income to a charity of your choice and leave the nontaxable assets like life insurance to your beneficiaries.

7. Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is important in case you are unable to make decisions regarding your financial or health matters.

A power of attorney is a document that gives a person or sometimes an organization the legal power to take care of your affairs and act on your behalf should you become incapacitated.

There are different types, such as the healthcare power of attorney and durable power of attorney. Speak to an estate planner regarding which type you will need.

Is it Time to Get Your Affairs in Order?

Now that you've learned some estate planning tips, do you feel ready to take on the job of planning for your estate? It will give you and your loved ones peace of mind. Reach out to us with any questions you may have. With over 30 years of experience, we're here to help.

No matter what relationship you have with the people on your job, never lose sight of one fact -- it's business. 

Your workplace should be a fulfilling place where your dreams come true, but you must also look after your rights and interests. In doing this, having access to an employment attorney is crucial. 

These lawyers are useful in a number of ways, for both employees and employers. To learn how they can help you out, read the points below. 

Protecting Your Rights as an Employee

Anytime you step foot on a job, you need to be able to keep your employer honest. Having a quality employment attorney by your side can help you in that regard. 

Here are a few core ways in which they can be useful to you:

1. Filing a Wrongful Termination Suit

There are a number of laws in place that protect your rights as an employee. 

These rights are covered under provisions like the Equal Pay Act, Pregnancy Discrimination Act, Americans With Disabilities Act, and other matters. 

However, when these rights are violated, you'll need the help of a credible lawyer to assist you. They'll use these laws as a foundation to help you when you get fired or laid off unlawfully. 

2. You Feel That You're Unfairly Treated or Wrongfully Disciplined

Aside from being terminated unlawfully, there are a number of ways that you can be mistreated while on the job. 

There are situations in which you may feel that your boss has it out for you, or is treated you differently than other employees. This can be difficult to prove, which is why building a case with a lawyer and collecting data become so crucial. 

You will need to be especially mindful of situations where your rights are violated due to wrongful discipline or bogus performance reviews. Having access to an employment attorney can be just what you need in this regard. 

3. Investigations Into a Toxic Work Environment

A toxic work environment isn't just a matter of law, it's a serious health issue. In fact, Standford research studies show that this is the 5th leading cause of death.

If these studies are to be believed, existing in a toxic work environment beats out serious issues like kidney disease and Alzheimer's. 

You'll need to have a lawyer on hand that can not only prove that a workplace is toxic but get you justly compensated in the process. 

4. Claims of Sexual Harassment, Racial Discrimination, and Other Matters

Issues like sexual harassment and racial discrimination need to be handled vigilantly. 

You'll only be able to do this when you have a lawyer documenting these issues with you every step of the way. They'll assist you in figuring out what to say to human resources, will come up with proof that allows you to win your case, and will make sure that you get the proper amount of compensation. 

5. You Get Hurt or Sick on the Job

Workers compensation claims are among the most prevalent issues that employment attorneys address. 

They'll assist you in filing a claim and getting you paid for the long-term. This includes getting money for initial doctor's visits and handling everything from lost wages to long-term recovery through physical therapy. 

Protecting Your Rights as an Employer

Don't think that employees are the only people that have rights. If you have people on your payroll, you and your business can also make use of an employment attorney. 

Keeping an eye on corporate law matters will allow you to thrive as a business. These are some of the major ways that such an attorney can be useful to you. 

1. Protection Against Wrongful Termination and Other Cases

Having access to an employment attorney can help you out when your employees are filing suit against you. 

Even though you may have had every reason to fire someone or lay them off, there may come a time that you have to back this up in court. Getting access to a great lawyer can be useful so that you have the right representation. 

2. Putting Together Severance Packages

Though layoffs are an unfortunate reality of doing business at times, you'll want to leave your employees with severance packages that compensate them accordingly. 

In this regard, you'll want to create severance packages that allow them to get a one-time payout and other benefits that give them a great landing place. Your lawyer will help you create the right severance package so that your employees are happy, and this can help you avoid litigation for the long-term. 

3. Constructing Workplace Policy

You will always want to be on the right side of the law when it comes to your workplace. 

Having access to a great lawyer can make this happen. This will deal with everything from vacation days and sick leave to holiday bonuses. When you have your attorneys guidance, you'll make sure that your policies are lawful and ethically sound. 

4. Help Crafting Contracts and Benefits Packages For New Employees

It's always important to have another set of eyes when hiring any employees. 

A good attorney will help you put together the contracts and offers of employment that are legally sound. They'll also let you know what you can do from a benefits standpoint. 

5. Doing Your Due Diligence With Workers Compensation Claims

Finally, you'll need an attorney also when you want to be on the right side of a workers compensation case. 

Your lawyer will investigate your employee's situation to make sure it is legitimate and will ensure that you're not overpaying. By having these lawyers on your side, they'll make sure you are protected. 

Hire an Employment Attorney When You Need Them the Most

No matter what side of the situation you're on, it's important to have access to a great lawyer. These ten points lay out exactly what these lawyers can do for you. 

When you need an employment attorney that is diligent, mindful, and skilled, contact us today!

When most people go to work, they don't expect to get hurt. Unfortunately, it's not always up to them.

Personal injury incidents happen all the time. In fact, there's a workplace injury every seven seconds.

As you can expect, you're going to need solid personal injury lawyers if you intend to get the appropriate amount of compensation.

Not sure where to start? Don't worry, we got you covered.

Let's take a look at everything you need to know about why hiring an experienced legal professional is the best course of action after a personal injury.


It's not often that people want to pay for something. This is especially true if someone else is telling them that they have to pay.

When you're seeking compensation after a workplace injury, the responsible party is going to do everything they can to make sure they pay as little as possible. This even means going as far as avoiding paying anything at all.

But, a competent attorney can use their negotiation skills to get as much money from your employer as possible. 

Additionally, your attorney will prevent your employer or their legal representatives from trying to convince you that they're not to blame or that your injuries are too insignificant to pursue damages for.

Their Compensation Depends on Yours

Since your lawyer will take a cut of the amount you win from your settlement, it's in their best interest to secure the largest amount possible.

The convenience of avoiding upfront fees will allow you to focus on your recovery after your incident. Additionally, many legal professionals will take the necessary legal fees out of your settlement, as well.

Depending on the case, some attorneys may take a significant chunk out of the money that you win. The alternative, however, is attempting to negotiate yourself, which is never a viable option for most people. 

Handling The Discovery Phase

So, you've decided to seek compensation for your workplace injury. As you should, as this amount can occasionally be awarded in millions.

But, what happens when your employer refuses to pay? Or even worse, they claim that they're not at fault for what happened to you?

From here, it'll need to be proven that their negligence is what resulted in your injuries. As you can expect, this isn't the easiest task, and most people will have no idea where to start.

During the discovery phase, it's up to you and your attorney to gather the appropriate information for your claim. The better the supporting evidence, the more likely you'll come out on top.

Your attorney will know exactly what to look for in order to give you the best chance possible of securing a claim. Depending on the situation, they'll be able to gather evidence like:

  • Security camera footage
  • Eyewitness testimony
  • An official statement from the defending party that affirms or denies the claim
  • Other situational evidence that is relevant to the case

Without an attorney, you're on your own when it comes to acquiring this information. 

Reduced Stress

As previously mentioned, a quality legal professional will do everything they can to make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve.

Foregoing this burden is sure to maximize your quality of life during the negotiation/investigation process. This can be an invaluable occurrence if your injuries are particularly debilitating.

Furthermore, increased stress will only lead to a longer recovery and could potentially cause further complications when it comes to your health. These can include:

  • Depression/anxiety
  • Weight gain
  • Mood swings
  • Insomnia or altered sleep patterns

These symptoms in combination with the injuries from your accident could have long-lasting effects on your body and mood. So, it's best to let your attorney handle as many responsibilities as you can.

Capability to Go to Trial

As previously mentioned, people aren't always so quick to be compliant when it comes to personal injury cases. This becomes increasingly true with the higher amount of compensation that you seek.

But, an experienced attorney can handle stubborn employers by going to trial and letting a judge decide.

It's also important to understand that the other side (especially owners of large businesses) is going to come with a solid legal team. That's why finding the right legal professional is so important. 

With adequate representation in the courtroom, you stand a fighting chance against those who are in the way of your compensation. 

What to Look For in An Attorney

Experience and competency are the most important attributes to consider. This isn't to say, however, that an attorney who's only been practicing for five years couldn't handle your case.

An attorney who has won a large number of cases that are similar to yours would be a solid choice when making your decision. Since not every case can be settled out of court, the number of times they've got to trial is also a factor that you should keep in mind.

Lastly, firms with a solid team have more resources to handle cases than practices with only a handful of people working, meaning they can work more efficiently for you.

Finding the Right Personal Injury Lawyers Can Seem Difficult

But it doesn't have to be.

With the above information about personal injury lawyers in mind, you'll be well on your way to a great fit.

Have a personal injury case you need legal assistance with? Feel free to get in touch with us and see what we can do for you.

The revenue for the personal injury lawyer and attorney industry is set to reach $35 billion by the end of 2019.

This is because more people are standing up for themselves and going for the compensation they are entitled to. However, there are still many who do not pursue legal action even though they could have won a lot in damages.

If you have been in an accident but are unsure if you should reach out to a lawyer, then these are the main signs that you should.

1. A Personal Injury Lawyer can Help if Your Injury is Severe

For all the people you hear complaining about their pains there are often far more who keep it to themselves.

Most people do not want to be seen as weak or be a burden on other people. So, they ignore their issues and try to move on.

This counts for both physical and mental damage. Some people who have been in car accidents become terrified of driving and are unable to commute to work.

If your injury has reduced your ability to work or live, then you need to speak up and get help.

2. The Injury is Permanent

If something happened that was not your fault and changed your life forever then it is very likely you can successfully make a claim.

It does not have to be something serious or life-threatening. For example, if an accident leaves you unable to fully extend your finger then that still affects your quality of life.

If what happened to you is irreversible then a personal accident lawyer may be the way to go.

3. The Cause was Because of Something Faulty

The reason we have regulatory bodies is to ensure a minimum standard of safety in the products we buy.

Sometimes, companies overlook certain defects or faults and hope nothing will go wrong. Other times, they use low-quality parts that get past inspections but do not last very long.

If your injury is caused by something like a car bumper falling off or a machine not working correctly then the company who made it could be liable.

4. There is Evidence You Were Not at Fault

Dashcams have become more popular over the years for this exact reason. Before, car accident claims relied on witness accounts and inferred evidence from crash experts.

But with a dashcam, you can use the footage to prove your innocence and guarantee compensation.

If you have videos, texts, or reliable witnesses who can testify on your behalf, you will have a solid case.

5. There Were Multiple People Involved

When the accident just happened to you or involved one other person, then things are usually straightforward.

However, when many people were affected, you never know who is going to claim what. In these situations, you may find yourself being sued for your role in the damages caused even if you are suing someone else entirely.

These situations are complicated and messy; a personal injury lawyer can help protect you from cases against you and even countersue if the evidence allows it.

6. It Happened a While Ago

Sometimes after going through something traumatizing we need to take time off to recover physically and mentally.

In these situations, the last thing we want to do is deal with legal proceedings when all we want is to get better.

However, because of the statute of limitations, you only have a specific period of time where you can legally file a claim. Depending on the state, this can be anywhere from one year to six years.

Look up the duration of the statute of limitations in the state where the accident occurred. You may be running out of time to get the compensation you deserve.

7. You Are Worse Off Because of Treatment You Received Afterwards

Let's say an accident was your fault and required you to go to the hospital. While being treated something happens which causes your condition to get worse or creates a new problem altogether.

Medical negligence can and does happen. While you cannot sue someone for a small mistake, you can certainly make a claim if they were lazy or missed essential steps in your care.

In these instances, you are in a strong position to make a claim for damages to help cover your medical bills and any other problems that arose because of it.

8. Had Someone Else Been Drinking?

One of the leading causes of accidents comes from excessive drinking.

If you suffered an injury because someone else was intoxicated, then there is already a strong chance you can successfully make a claim. Of course, for this to work, you need to be able to prove the person was drunk or rely on witness testimonies to support you.

9. You are Having Trouble Collecting Money from Your Insurance

Receiving money from insurance companies is like trying to draw blood from a stone.

Despite existing to cover you if something happens, most of the time the company will do everything possible not to pay. Many insurance companies have expert lawyers and teams dedicated to finding loopholes not to pay.

Personal injury lawyers also know the law and are adept at dealing with insurance companies. They can help by going through your contract and finding iron-tight reasons you are entitled to compensation.

10. You are Already Low on Cash

Many personal accident lawyers offer a 'no win no fee' contract and even provide free consultations. If you decide not to use a lawyer, you will still need to pay to file with the courts, pay administration costs, as well as any other expenses like expert witnesses or finding information.

In these instances, the lawyer will only take the case if they think they can win. That means they are willing to spend their own time and money on your case.

Having a lawyer on your side means you have someone in your corner who is fighting for you and also driven to get compensation as well. If they win, sure, you pay them a fee, but then all of your expenses will likely be covered as part of the win.

If Possible Hire Right from the Start

Many things happen after you suffer an injury and as mentioned above, legal proceedings can be the last thing you want to deal with.

If you hire a personal injury lawyer right away, you can take time to recover while also knowing the legal stuff is being taken care of too.

Equally, the lawyer will know exactly what evidence and witnesses the case will require. These are all much easier to gather the closer to the incident.

If these reasons resonate with you, check out our personal injury services and see what we can do for you.