When a loved one dies and leaves a will, it is the hope of everyone involved that there will be few if any disputes among them. However, in most situations that is not the case. Many times, disputes arise regarding the persons named in a will and the inheritance they are entitled to based on the deceased person’s final wishes. While some people dispute being left out of a will altogether, others find their problems begin when they are denied an inheritance that has been clearly spelled out in the will.
Challenging the Will
If a person is denied an inheritance, they have several options to consider. Many times fraud or coercion may be seen as a basis for the denial, thus allowing for legal challenges not only to the will’s validity, but also to persons deemed to have used fraud or coercion in order to deny an inheritance. For example, some parties denying the inheritance may attempt to prove the deceased was not of sound mind at the time he wrote the will, making any of his stated wishes invalid. In other situations, the person being denied the inheritance may claim others are using inappropriate influence to keep them from what is rightfully theirs. Whatever the case may be, legal counsel is usually needed in order to bring resolution to these disputes.
A Second Will
In some cases, those people denying an inheritance will claim the will that was executed was not the most recent one, and may produce another will in which they claim the person being denied the inheritance in fact has no legal claim to any assets of the deceased. Needless to say, these situations are rare in most cases, but do happen occasionally and can sometimes lead to legal battles in probate court that can last for many years.
Depending upon the amount of money or other assets involved in the inheritance, some people choose not to pursue legal action to keep their inheritance. However, most people do the opposite and file a lawsuit to get what they feel is rightfully theirs. Because inheritance laws in each state vary, those pursuing these lawsuits often need the services of an attorney who is familiar with probate laws in their state. While the death of a loved one is always stressful, disputes such as these only make hard times that much harder for everyone involved. If you or a loved one have questions regarding this matter, contact us today at 703-370-8088.
According to OSHA, more than 65 percent of construction workers spend part of their day on scaffolding. While most job sites emphasize safety and security, others do not. As a result, hundreds of workers die each year as a result of falling from unsecured scaffolding. In many cases, families are suddenly left without not only husbands and fathers, but breadwinners as well. Before they know it, families are faced with mounting medical bills, mortgage payments, and more as they attempt to put their lives back together. If your husband fell from unsecured scaffolding and died, you have many legal options from which to choose.
All employers who use scaffolding in the course of a normal workday are required to comply with OSHA regulations. However, even when doing so accidents can happen and deaths can occur from falls. Before the start of each workday, all scaffolding should be inspected by a supervisor to look for any visible defects that could prove dangerous. In many situations where deaths occurred from falls, the scaffolding was not only unsecured, but also not erected by qualified persons. On construction sites as well as other places, scaffolding may be moved to several different locations on the job site each day, putting workers at risk from unsecured scaffolding.
Fall Protection Equipment
In many cases where unsecured scaffolding was found to be the reason for injuries or death, employers failed to provide adequate fall protection equipment such as harnesses, body belts, drop lines, or trolley lines to workers. Many times, the equipment was found to be damaged or worn out, yet kept in service rather than removed and replaced with new equipment.
Scaffolding Injury Issues
When death occurs from unsecured scaffolding, many issues come to the forefront. Liability, safety regulations, engineering, and more are all focused on by attorneys working the case. Many attorneys are knowledgeable in dealing with wrongful death cases involving scaffolding issues, and for those who lose a loved one to these situations, speaking with an attorney is often the first step in deciding when and if to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Scaffolding injuries and deaths can often be easily prevented, requiring only the time and knowledge of people to ensure all equipment is safe and sound for those using it that day. If you have lost a loved one due to unsecured scaffolding, contact us discuss your legal options as soon as possible at 703-370-8088.
Accidents between motor vehicles and bicyclists can be particularly dangerous, even if you’re wearing helmet. You’re only on two wheels, and there’s little stability when you come into contact with another object. There’s no metal skeleton around you to protect you either. Serious brain, neck and back injuries are common. Shatter fractures to the pelvis, legs and arms often result in permanent disability and disfigurement. Some bicyclist are even killed.
Right turn on red rules
You believe you had the right-of-way when you were riding your bike. You were using due care and caution for the safety of your person and property, and a driver making a right turn on red crashed into you. You were severely injured. As long as there’s no sign prohibiting a right turn on red at an intersection, a motorist is permitted to make that turn if they first come to a complete stop and cautiously enter the intersection to complete the turn. At the Kamerow Law Firm, we’ve seen this before.
The law of contributory negligence
A major issue in your case is whether any negligence in the accident can be attributable to you. In Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, even if you were only 2 percent at fault for the accident, you can be denied any compensation at all, notwithstanding the fact that the motorist was 98 percent at fault. That’s the law of pure contributory negligence. You may have thought you were using due care and caution, but a jury might not agree with you.
Twisting the facts
The harsh law of contributory negligence operates in favor of the giant insurance companies that insure drivers. They’ll do whatever they can to cloud the facts of the case to try and shift at least some of the blame over onto you. At the Kamerow Law Firm, we have over 25 years of experience representing victims who were injured by the negligence of others. We’re compassionate, knowledgeable, experienced and aggressive.
Although insurers continue to raise the contributory negligence defense, we’ve maintained an extremely high success rate over the years. That’s because we recognize our professional responsibilities and work tirelessly for our clients. Contact us today if you or somebody close to you has been injured due to the negligence of another person. We’ll give you a free consultation and case evaluation. We work in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. You deserve fair compensation for your injuries. To schedule a consultation call 703-370-8088.