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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What Are The Different Types Of Traffic Tickets?

If you've gotten a traffic ticket, it's important to know what kind it is. This will affect the possible consequences and how you should fight the ticket. Here are the basic categories.

Non-Moving Violation

A non-moving violation is the most basic type of traffic ticket. Non-moving violations are usually for things that don't affect other cars driving on the road. Examples include illegal parking, not wearing your seatbelt, or having a burned-out brake light.

The only penalty for a non-moving violation is usually a fine. You generally won't get points on your license. Non-moving violations also don't usually affect your insurance. However, if the fine is large or you just want to stand up for your rights, you may still want to have a traffic lawyer fight it.

Moving Violation

Moving violations are probably what you usually think of when you think about getting a ticket from a police officer. They include things like speeding tickets, running a red light, or careless driving.

A moving violation will usually come with a fine, plus points on your license. The amount of points depends on how serious the violation was. If you get too many points in a set period of time, your license will automatically be suspended. Moving violations will also usually cause your insurance rates to go up. The rate increase can be more than the fine itself.

To protect your driving record and wallet, you usually want to consider fighting a moving violation. Even if you think you were wrong, you can often beat the ticket on a technicality. You may also be able to negotiate down to a lower infraction with less severe consequences.

Criminal Traffic Tickets

Traffic tickets can also be criminal. This is reserved for the most severe offenses like DUI or reckless driving. In addition to the fine and possible license suspension of a regular ticket, you could also be facing jail time and a criminal record.

If you've been charged with a criminal traffic ticket, it's very important to work with a traffic lawyer. Even being charged with a crime can have serious consequences for your employment and housing opportunities. However, unlike other tickets, the police officer and prosecutor must prove a criminal ticket beyond a reasonable doubt. This gives your lawyer more room to work to try to beat the ticket or get it reduced to a non-criminal offense.

To learn more about your traffic ticket, contact a local traffic lawyer today.