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May 28, 2021 - Personal Injury

Debunking the Top Five Most Common Legal Myths

The laws, rules, and regulations that govern our lives can be difficult to comprehend, let alone understand. Statutes, whether they’re on the municipal, state, or federal level, are typically drafted in complicated language, full of legalese and often incorporating and referring to numerous other code sections — some of which are nearly impossible to find, and are equally as vague. And unless you have a law degree, trying to understand certain case opinions is a tall order. 

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May 26, 2021 - Personal Injury

What Are the Attorney’s Duties in an Attorney-Client Relationship?

If you’ve watched any true-crime TV show or any trial that has been shown through any form of media, you may have heard of the attorney-client privilege. But what is it? An attorney-client relationship is a relationship that is formed when a lawyer agrees to perform legal services for a client in exchange for some type of payment. For questions about any aspect of the attorney-client relationship, contact a Doylestown accident attorney at Drake, Hileman & Davis today.

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May 21, 2021 - Articles

IS YOUR POOL SAFE? 5 Tips for Homeowners

  The month of May is both National Water Safety Month and the typical start of pool season. In 2020, installing a swimming pool was a popular home addition, as many families opted for “stay-cations” during these COVID quarantine times. Unfortunately, drowning remains the number one cause of accidental death for children ages 1 -4. Additionally, according to government statistics, there were on average an estimated 6,700 pool or spa-related ER visits for non-fatal injuries from 2015- 2017 for children younger than 15. Listed below are five tips to keep your pool safe. 1. Set Up Pool And Spa Barriers For all pool installations requiring township approval, a fence around the pool is a requirement. But what about for pools that do not require a permit? Under Pennsylvania’s Uniform Construction Code, if a pool is more than 24 inches deep, it must be surrounded by a fence or an enclosure equipped with a gate that is self-latching. Above ground pools that are 48 inches high, can have the walls of the pool considered to be the “fence,” however, they must have a removable or locking ladder, which can be secured when the pool is not in use. It should be noted that four-sided isolation fences, which completely separate the pool from the house and rest of the yard, reduces a child’s risk of drowning by 83%. So, if your house serves as the fourth side of a fence around the pool, door alarms are to be used, in order to […]

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May 21, 2021 - Personal Injury

Attorney-Client Privilege vs. the Duty of Confidence: What’s the Difference?

An attorney-client relationship is a relationship that is formed when a lawyer agrees to perform legal service for a client in return for some type of compensation. This relationship includes various duties owed to clients, particularly the duty of confidence. People who aren’t trained in the law have heard these terms thrown around in various popular “true crime” television shows, but they are rarely, if ever, accurately explained.

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May 19, 2021 - Personal Injury

Understanding Proof in Legal Cases: Burden vs. Standard

Legal disputes are being argued in front of judges and juries every day in courtrooms across the country. In each case, the two types of proof, known more specifically as the “burden of proof” and the “standard of proof,” determine who has to prove what and to what extent. “Burden” and “standard” of proof are commonly used interchangeably, but there are important distinctions between them.

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May 14, 2021 - Personal Injury

What is an Attorney-Client Relationship?

Generally speaking, an attorney-client relationship is a relationship formed when a lawyer agrees to perform legal service for a client in return for some type of compensation. Put another way, it is the relationship between the two parties created by a contract.

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May 12, 2021 - Bethlehem Car Accident Lawyer

Factors Indicating You Might Want to Settle Your Claim

Most cases settle out of court, which means the parties involved don’t have to go to trial. Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean your settlement is fair. Commonly, the plaintiff receiving the offer settles for less than they actually deserve. Still, under certain circumstances, the defendant pays a premium to settle the case. So, how do you know when to settle? The short answer is: Speak to a skilled Bethlehem accident attorney to find out if you’ve received a good settlement offer.

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Apr 30, 2021 - Car Accidents

Tactics Used by Insurance Companies to Reduce Liability

If you’ve suffered a personal injury caused by a car or truck accident, an accident caused by unsafe conditions on someone else’s property, a manufacturer’s defective product, a construction accident, an animal attack, or a pedestrian, bicycle, or motorcycle accident, you’ll likely be dealing with an insurance company that is obligated to pay for your damages. 

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Apr 28, 2021 - Personal Injury

Ways Social Media Can Hurt Personal Injury Claims

In today’s society, it’s second nature to share your life with family and friends using social media. Nonetheless, social media users who have a pending personal injury claim have to refrain from sharing any details regarding their claim and exercise extreme caution in general. Sharing your profile information,  comments, posts, pictures, and videos on social media can undermine your claim by giving opposing counsel information that they can, and will, use against you. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or serious injury in Pennsylvania, contact an Allentown personal injury lawyer at Drake, Hileman & Davis before posting anything on social media.

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Apr 23, 2021 - Slip and Fall

Common Causes of Slip and Fall Accidents

Slip and fall accidents, sometimes known as slip, trip, and fall accidents, send thousands of people to emergency rooms across the U.S. every year. These accidents can cause a wide variety of injuries, from scrapes and bruises to even death. If you or a loved one have suffered an injury from a slip and fall accident in Pennsylvania, let the Bethlehem slip and fall lawyers at Drake, Hileman & Davis help.

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