If you've recently received a discharge of debt through a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, or have finished a Chapter 13 repayment plan, you're probably looking forward to a fresh start. You may have already taken steps to begin repairing the damage to your credit, like applying for a secured credit card or small installment loan. However, in some cases, one or more of the debts you discharged or repaid through the bankruptcy process may actually be resurrected in a phenomenon known as "
Bankruptcy is really nothing to be ashamed of. Sometimes filing for bankruptcy is the smartest financial decision that you can make in your current situation, and you should give yourself credit for handling the problem in the most efficient way and not feel bad about your decision. Still, you probably don't want your bankruptcy to be public knowledge, for any number of reasons. No matter how necessary the bankruptcy is, some people will judge you negatively because of it.
Slip and fall injuries have, in the eyes of many, earned a bad rap. Seen as exaggerated injuries by con men (or women) seeking to milk companies out of exorbitant amounts of money, the real physical and emotional pain from legitimate victims often goes unnoticed. However, every year slip and fall accidents result in one million emergency room visits and comprise 85% of all workers comp claims. If you have slipped and fallen because of an employer or store manager's negligence, your pain is quite real, and you need legal help that is just as genuine.
If you are like most people, you might switch into autopilot mode after you are involved in a traffic accident. After you make sure everyone is safe and injury free, you might call the police to report the accident and snap a few photos of the wreck with your cell phone. Unfortunately, if the wreck wasn't your fault and there is a chance you might file a personal injury lawsuit, making the wrong moves after an accident could cost you your case.
Imagine this—you spend an evening drinking it up with some buddies at a pub. You've driven home drunk several times before without any problem, so you think nothing of getting behind the wheel. You drive along thinking you're doing just fine, but you suddenly see flashing lights behind you and hear a police siren. You've run out of chances… or have you? Even though you know you shouldn't have been drinking and driving, don't give up and plead guilty at your arraignment.