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What are some common issues with titles?

Buying a home is one of the most complicated personal transactions someone can make. If you're purchasing a home that's had multiple owners over many years, you can't always know its full history. There may have been damage long ago that you're not aware of.

There may also be past issues with the title involving the current or previous owners. That's why a thorough title search is crucial.

Be careful how you leave a foreclosed home

Sometimes, filing for bankruptcy can help people keep their homes. However, perhaps you can't or choose not to save your home from foreclosure. Maybe the foreclosure is a done deal when you begin looking seriously at bankruptcy and all that's left to do is move out of it.

Be careful when leaving a foreclosed home. Don't think you have nothing to lose, so you may as well take what you can get from it. If you strip the home of everything in it in an effort to walk away with things you can sell or reuse, you could pay a big price.

Can you sue an employer rather than seek workers' comp?

Typically, when someone suffers an injury in the workplace, they cannot sue their employer -- even if the employer could and should have prevented it. One of the primary reasons that businesses have workers' compensation insurance is so that employees can receive compensation for injuries and illnesses without taking their employers to court.

There are, however, instances in which an employee can sue if they've suffered harm in the workplace. They can sue for what are considered "intentional torts." These are injuries (physical and/or emotional) that were intentional on someone's part. They can include criminal behavior, like assault and battery, theft and false imprisonment.

Firefighters, occupational cancer and workers' compensation

People who don't have a firefighter in the family often assume that the most dangerous part of the job is fighting fires. However, the number of firefighters who die from cancer caused by their occupation may be as much as thirty times greater than the number who die in fires, according to Boston's fire chief. He says, "We have about 13 members right now who are battling various stages of cancers, active members. And we have a number of retirees in that fight."

Lung cancer is certainly one type of occupational cancer linked to firefighting. Firefighters have also contracted brain cancer, thyroid cancer and other forms of the disease. The International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) reports that nearly two out of three deaths related to that occupation since 2002 have been from cancer.

Wisconsin may recognize PTSD as a workplace hazard

When is an injury related to someone's work? This is easy to judge when someone is hit by a forklift or slips on a run in a carpet at their place of employment, and these injuries are rarely challenged when victims claim workers' compensation. But some people cannot help but bring their work home with them, and that means the danger comes home as well.

Lawmakers in Wisconsin are concerned about the toll that work is taking on the state's first responders. Police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians already bear a lot of weight when it comes to the gravity of their work. Now, studies show that suicide is becoming a higher risk for these people.

Workers' compensation case complicated by claims

Workers' compensation insurance is one of the few guarantees in a world full of risks. Wisconsin's requirement that employers can pay for workers' injuries on the job helps make sure that employees aren't an injury away from financial ruin.

The process of determining whether an injury or illness is covered by workers' compensation is relatively simple: If a worker was doing something related to his or her job at the time, the ailment is usually covered. But some cases may end up confused from the point of view of those who decided if compensation applies.

Negligent entrustment in Wisconsin

You know that the potential of being involved in a car accident in Hayward is always there, yet you likely still feel comfortable taking to the streets anyway due to the assumptions that other drivers are as safe and responsible as you are. Yet not all are, and even when such drivers indicate their carelessness or incompetence behind the wheel, people still seem willing to allow them access to vehicles. Many have come to us here at the Lein Law Offices after having been involved in accidents with such drivers wondering if there is any way to hold the people who entrusted them with vehicles legally responsible.

There is, thanks to a legal principle known as negligent entrustment. The logic behind this law is that vehicle owners should take care in who they loan their vehicles to. That need for such care is emphasized by them being held liable for any accidents those using their vehicles cause.

How do you qualify for Social Security Disability benefits?

Chances are you know someone who is on disability, and you may think that it is a simple process to apply for and receive Social Security Disability benefits. The truth is a bit more complicated for Wisconsin residents who are disabled and unable to work.

Disabilities that impact one’s ability to work and perform daily functions are not uncommon. In fact, explains the Social Security Administration, about one out of every four Americans will become disabled before they turn 67 years old. Social Security Disability benefits are meant to assist those who are unable to work because of their disabilities, but there are strict rules regarding eligibility. First, you need to be “insured.” This means you worked in jobs covered by Social Security long enough to be able to receive benefits, and you have a condition the SSA recognizes as being a disability.

Find out about the different types of work comp benefits

At Lein Law Offices, we know that the period following a work-related injury in Wisconsin can be a frightening and confusing time. Not only do you need to receive the necessary medical treatment for your injury, but you also need to deal with the bureaucracy involved in filing for workers' compensation benefits. This is not something that you can put off until you feel better. There are time limits that apply, and if you miss the deadlines, you may not be able to collect benefits at all. 

It may help to alleviate your confusion if you know more about the different sorts of workers' compensation benefits that are available. There are essentially three, i.e., wage loss, medical expenses and death benefits, and each has its own eligibility requirements. 

What are the risk factors for PTSD?

A workplace accident in Wisconsin that poses a genuine threat of death or grievous bodily harm can result in post-traumatic stress disorder. However, you can also develop PTSD from multiple traumatic experiences that happen over time. Therefore, people in certain professions, such as law enforcement or emergency health care, may be at greater risk of developing PTSD than those in other careers. 

If you have a particularly dangerous job or experience a traumatic workplace accident, you should know that, according to the National Institute of Mental Health, it is not a foregone conclusion that you will develop PTSD. The condition affects approximately 7% to 8% of the population at one time or another. 

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