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Evidence in a Car Accident Claim

The importance of having good evidence following a car accident can be extremely important in ensuring that you win the case. The more supporting documents that you have regarding your insurance or personal injury claim, the higher probability you have to get a favorable settlement. Whether you are going for an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit, the most important thing to equip yourself with is evidence. For more help, visit:

One of the most important types of proof that you and your car accident lawyer should have is the evidence and the burden of proof. The responsibility of proving the burden of proof lies to the plaintiff – the one injured in the accident and filed for compensation – therefore it is essential for them to substantiate the claims through evidence supporting their version of what happened that eventually lead to the accident, along with claims for the physical injury and property damages. Medical bills, witness testimonies, and photographs are just among such evidence that can be used.

Another type of evidence essential in every case is the police report. Police report made at the time of the accident is vital in determining who’s at-fault for the accident, and additionally, it is just as vital to gather pertinent evidence at the scene. Information about the other driver(s) such as names, address, contact information, drivers’ license, and other relevant information that may be important for the case should be collected, and make sure that you have contact information on witnesses, together with photos to back up your evidence. Take keen notes of the conditions of vehicles, the place where traffic signals are located, and distinct skid marks on the road that can point out how the accident happened.

Lastly, make sure to have proper documentation about your evidence for damages. They can be both personal and physical damages to property and most importantly, physical injuries. Keep all records of any car repairs and rentals that you have done, and together with the expenses on medical bills and rehabilitation treatments they can help deciding the amount of compensation that would be granted. Take time to gather all the necessary evidence that you and your car accident lawyer would need in order to have a strong case presented in court. With stronger evidence at hand, you have a higher chance of gaining a satisfying result to your insurance claim or personal injury claim.

The Dangers of Weight Loss

The weight loss industry is huge, raking in $61.6 billion in 2012 in the US where 2 out of 3 adults are overweight. The holy grail of these weight loss seekers, and therefore the manufacturers, is the magic pill that will result in weight loss without the need for food restrictions or exercise. Many food supplement makers claim to have made the breakthrough, but unfortunately it is not true. And what makes it worse is that some of these “miracle” products not only fail to cause weight loss but contain ingredients that are downright dangerous.

Herbal products and food supplements are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) so long as they make no therapeutic claims. By and large, these companies can pretty much throw anything they want into the mix if it is generally recognized as safe for human consumption. Typically, weight loss product manufacturers merely engage in misleading the public by making thinly-veiled claims of instant weight loss with the use of the products, but the products themselves are relatively harmless, though ineffective. But there are some products that have been found to contain substances that have been previously pulled out of the market by the FDA because they posed significant health risks to the public.

Two of these dangerous ingredients are sibutramine and phenolphthalein, found in several weight-loss products separately or in combination. Sibutramine was a diet drug that had been banned from the US in 2010 when it was found to cause damage to the heart. Phenolphthalein is a laxative that is believed to cause cancer. The FDA has published warnings to the public regarding consumption of products containing these substances.

Consumers who may have succumbed to the lure of easy weight loss may be well served to check out the list of ingredients in the slimming products they are using. The inclusion of either sibutramine or phenolphthalein or both should set the alarm bells clanging. If you or a close family member has already suffered injury or death from the use of these and similar products, a personal injury claim may be in the cards. Consult with a product liability lawyer to get an assessment of the case.