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Yesterday, I was fortunate to wake up to a beautiful, sunny day in one of the most fascinating and historical cities in the world. In the afternoon, I took a river cruise on the Seine River that traveled throughout the waterways of Paris, eventually passing by and circling the island on which the Cathedral of Notre Dame is located. I have included photographs taken from the river cruise, a mere three hours before the Cathedral was engulfed in flames.
Later in the day, when walking out of a store, I noticed a strange-colored plume of smoke coming from the direction of the Cathedral. At first, I thought it was a typical fire but was concerned of a potential terrorist threat. Moments later, I heard continuous emergency police, fire, and ambulance sirens. Walking to a bridge across the Seine River and only a short distance away from Notre Dame, I saw a shocking vision of the Cathedral engulfed in flames. On this bridge, were hundreds of Parisians and visitors such as myself. All were in shock at what we were observing. It became evident this was a fire that would be unlikely to be controlled until major damage had taken place. As a raised Catholic, I was especially stunned at this historic, religious 12th Century monument falling before my very eyes.
This morning I woke up to front page news stories of this event from around the world. Thankfully, this fire does not appear to be the work of any terrorist organization. Nevertheless, in spite of what President Macron has promised the French; that the Cathedral will be rebuilt, I am skeptical that any rebuild of the Cathedral will match its former beauty and contained history.
As you can tell, this event has left an enduring impression upon me. Thank you for reading this blog.
Timothy Shay

Not Sure You Have a Personal Injury Case? 5 Questions to Ask

Many people have heard the term personal injury but do not know what a personal injury case really is. Knowing when a personal injury has occurred, when you have a case to make, and how to create a strong case can help you if you are ever injured in an accident. Ask yourself these questions if you believe that you may have a personal injury case. 

  1. Did Injuries Occur?

Personal injury cases start with injuries. The more serious the injury, the stronger the case and the more compensation you are likely to win in court. Often, people who win personal injury cases suffer from disabling and disfiguring injuries. If you have been injured and you think you might have a personal injury claim, see a physician as soon as possible.

Seasonal Safety: How to Keep Safe When Making Your Holiday Rounds

Although the holiday season can be one of the most endearing and exciting times of the year, it can also be one of the deadliest times for car accidents. Many of these accidents occur from human error, such as rushing to do last-minute shopping, driving while drunk, or texting while driving.

If you plan to make the rounds this holiday season to shop, visit loved ones, or even travel, keep the following safety tips in mind.

How to Pay Your Medical Bills During a Personal Injury Trial

If you’re in the midst of a personal injury lawsuit, you need compensation for your medical bills and time lost from work now — but what if the compensation may not come for a while? What do you do when you need to pay medical bills and living expenses while you’re at trial for a personal injury case?

Unfortunately, some people give up on their lawsuits because they’re too busy dealing with their current health and financial problems to keep fighting for compensation. It could be months before you recover any funds, so you need to find ways to cover your expenses in the meantime. Use the following suggestions to stay in the fight:

Failure to Warn Product Liability Case: Frequently Asked Questions

From cars to food and children’s toys, defective products impact millions of people. Three basic types of product liability claims exist: design defect, manufacturing defect, and a failure to warn.

If you want to file a claim against a manufacturer, distributor, or another entity because they failed to warn you about the potential negative consequences or reactions of using their product, know where to begin and what mistakes that could jeopardize your case.

Here are a few frequently asked questions you might have about filing a failure to warn product liability claim.

Driving a Company Car: What Happens If You Are in an Accident?

When you have access to a company car, you enjoy many benefits. For example, if you can drive a company car to meet clients or make deliveries, you do not have to worry about paying for car repairs. Workplaces will even pay for the car insurance, as long as you also have personal insurance and a valid driver’s license.

However, driving a company car at work or even when you are not at work can get a bit complicated if you are in a car accident. You might have many questions about liability. Who is responsible for damages in the car accident? How do you get coverage for injuries and lost income?

Your First Meeting With a Car Accident Attorney

Car accidents are, unfortunately, a common reality in today’s fast-paced, highly mobile society. As a driver, you likely have a general idea of what to do in the immediate aftermath of a traffic accident and may even understand the potential importance of a car accident attorney’s expertise.

However, if you have never dealt with the legal system as it applies to auto accident personal injury claims, you may not only feel unsure about the road ahead in the long run but also about the prospect of meeting with your lawyer for the first time.

In this blog, we guide you through the basics of your consultation with a prospective car accident attorney.

What You Should Know About Shopping Cart Injuries and Your Kids

When going grocery shopping, most parents strive to keep their kids from eyeing the candy or throwing temper tantrums over not getting something with too much sugar. What you may not have considered or known is that shopping carts may be a danger to your kids.

Unfortunately, shopping cart injuries are alarmingly common. According to Nationwide Children’s Hospital, hospitals treat hundreds of children for shopping cart-related injuries every week. Sometimes shopping carts can cause severe injuries to children or even death. Get the information you need about shopping cart injuries and your kids.

Seeking Settlements in Uninsured Motorist Claims

All traffic accidents come as a shock. In most minor to moderate accidents, however, you have a routine to follow in the aftermath of the collision. You ensure your immediate safety, contact law enforcement, and exchange personal information.

However, when you’re hit by an uninsured driver, you may feel uncertain, helpless, and anxious for what the situation means for your finances and future. Understanding the process for seeking a settlement in an uninsured motorist claim can help you make decisions confidently in this crisis.

5 Personal Injury Misconceptions That Can Impact Your Case

From car accidents and dog bites to assault or medical malpractice, several types of personal injury cases that negatively impact millions of Americans each year. If you’ve recently suffered a personal injury and are considering filing a lawsuit, then you might believe you have a strong idea of the process and potential outcomes.

Unfortunately, several misconceptions about personal injury cases can affect your lawsuit or your belief that you have grounds to file a lawsuit. This guide lists a few misconceptions and tries to correct them.

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