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L.A. Fitness protected against lawsuit for slip-and-fall accident

If you slip and fall as a result of a business owner's negligence or damaged property, you may be able to file a lawsuit. You'll need to have a strong case, though, because without being able to prove negligence or an intent to hurt you, there's not much of a case against a business owner.

Take, for example, a case that was launched against L.A. Fitness in 2013. A woman filed the lawsuit after she fell at the facility. She had joined in 2012 and signed a waiver when she did so. She reportedly slipped or tripped on a floor mat that was left wet on the floor, which she claims caused permanent physical injuries.

Don't rely on a do-it-yourself contract, be prepared

Business partnerships are great in a lot of ways; they split the liability of being in business and help you avoid having to manage everything on your own. There is some potential for trouble with these relationships, though, especially if there is a dispute between the partners.

Since there is a risk of disputes, there should always be a partnership agreement in place. This agreement holds information such as how you'll distribute profits, what your duties are and what to expect out of your partner, the length of your partnership and how you can end your partnership if necessary.

What is the statute of limitations for a car accident matter?

If you are injured in a car accident, there are a number of things to consider. The first is your health. If you are injured, you have to make sure you get the proper care. If someone hit you, you only have a certain amount of time to file a claim against them. It is called the “statute of limitations.” It is a legal rule that says how much time you will have to sue their insurance company and get the lawsuit settled.

What is the statute of limitations?

Mom and dad: Too old to drive?

If you have parents who are getting up in age, one of your concerns may be that they should no longer be driving. Your parents may reach an age at which you know their eyesight isn't good or that their reflexes aren't as quick as they used to be. When will you know it's the right time for them to get out from behind the wheel?

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the number of crashes that take place per mile of driving increase significantly when a driver is 65 or older. Drivers 80 years of age or older have the highest rate of crash-related deaths other than teens. One possible reason is due to the frailty of the elderly, who may not recover as well from the same injuries as younger individuals.

Technology law: A new field for a changing industry

Intellectual property is a term used to describe intangible ideas and expressions of creativity or thought. Intellectual property laws are special, because they protect human creations through patents, trademarks and copyrights.

As time has passed, technology has become prominent throughout the world, and that called for a change in law. A new kind of law that has emerged, Technology Law, aims to compensate for the new field of study.

Hiring an independent contractor: Considerations

Your business may benefit from working with an independent contractor. If so, you need to know what to do to hire this person and keep the correct documentation. It's much easier to work with an independent contractor than to hire an employee. There are only a few documents that you need to collect, but getting them is very important.

You won't need to set up payroll taxes for the individual, because he or she will pay taxes on his or her own. You do still need to obtain the person's tax ID and determine if he or she is qualified to take on the job.

What is formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a dangerous chemical. It can irritate the lungs and lead to nosebleeds, scratchy eyes and sore throats. It can lead to the development of cancers in the body and may make existing breathing conditions worse.

Formaldehyde is found in industrial settings, but it's also located in places you may come into contact with on a regular basis. For example, nail salons may expose workers and clients to unsafe levels of formaldehyde or other carcinogens.

The consequences of failing to dissolve a business in New Jersey

Businesses close for a myriad of reasons. When a New Jersey business decides to cease operation, it is essential to formally dissolve the business with the Department of the Treasury. Failure to take formal dissolution steps invites future liabilities for business taxes and penalties for the business and any shareholders.

Dissolution of an LLC or a corporation

Motorists concerned about distracted driving risks

Is there any good news about the problem of distracted driving here in the United States? There may be some, as the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that drivers are aware of the problem and are concerned.

The foundation's yearly Traffic Safety Culture Index indicated 88 percent of motorists perceive distracted driving to be an increasing problem, ahead of other driving dangers such as aggressive driving (68 percent), drugged driving (55 percent) and driving while intoxicated (43 percent).

What type of business should you start?

You want to run your own company, but you know that it's important to take the proper legal steps, right from the beginning. You've never done this before, so you're interested in the different types of businesses you can start and the different benefits that they provide.

Below are a few benefits of a sole proprietorship, a limited liability company and a partnership.

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