Workers Compensation: Your Safety Net

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Workers Compensation: Your Safety Net

You put your heart and soul into your job, so it seems only fair that you should be protected from harm while you’re there. Most good employers do go out of their way to provide safety training and equipment to keep their workers safe and protected from any hazards. Federal agencies, like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also have standards in place for employers to follow to keep their workers safe. However, sometimes accidents happen anyway, and when they do, workers compensation is meant to be your safety net. Most of the time, if you follow your company’s procedures for filing a workers compensation claim, you’ll be paid with no trouble. However, I know from experience that it isn’t always that easy. I started this blog to help you learn what to do when your company or their insurance company denies your workers compensation claim.

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There have certainly been some vacation mishaps for everyone, but finding out that you owe another city money for a traffic violation is never one you want to face. This is a common problem when visitors are sent traffic tickets in the mail, issued shortly before the due date, and then receive them after the due date or after the court appearance date. If you still want a fighting chance, then hire a traffic law attorney. Here is how this works.

Find a Traffic Attorney in the City in Which the Ticket Was Issued

Hiring a traffic lawyer in your home state will not help you because the laws in your state are different than the laws in the state where the ticket was issued. You need to hire a lawyer who knows the traffic laws in that state, preferably in the same city where you were cited for a traffic violation. Lawyers are outside their jurisdiction if and when they are not practicing law in the same county where the supposed crime was committed. Find and hire a lawyer there — and not in the city and state where you reside. 

Explain the Situation and Request a Hearing With a Telephoned Appearance

No court would reasonably expect you to fly back to its jurisdiction to make an appearance in person when your appearance is not required. In these situations, telephoning into the courtroom while your hired legal counsel is present should be sufficient. Your lawyer will explain to you and instruct you on how to go about doing this. Then you can explain your situation, and he/she can make the formal request for you to "appear" via telephone. (The only exception to this rule is when you have committed a major traffic offense where your presence is required, or your case will not be heard. Then you will have to find your way back.)

If It Is Past the Court Date, You Can Still File an Appeal

If you were required to appear, but you did not receive the citation in the mail until after the court date, you can fight the ticket still. You can also fight the extra fees attached with not appearing since you could not possibly make that happen because of the late arrival of the ticket in the mail. Your lawyer can file your appeal and your motion to dismiss the extra fees. 

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