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A Very Personal Injury

Years ago, there was a personal injury lawsuit involving a woman who bought coffee from McDonald’s, ended up spilling her coffee on her lap after a sudden stop, and ended up turning around and suing the company to the tune of millions of dollars. It’s usually brought up by people who smugly assert how overly litigious America is, suing everyone and everything around them for the smallest inconvenience.

Regardless of whether or not America is in desperate need of tort reform, many details get left out in the retelling of this case. This includes the fact that McDonald’s coffee was kept at a temperature of nearly 200 degrees Fahrenheit and caused the woman extensive 3rd-degree burns, requiring an eight-day stay in the hospital for skin grafts and a full two years to complete the needed medical treatments for the burn.

Despite personal injury law’s poor reputation, there are thousands of accidents that occur every day, many of which cause injuries that require expensive medical care or are debilitating. Without the protection that a skilled lawyer affords them, many of those affected by these accidents would end up destitute once the insurance money begins drying up and they’re unable to return to work.

Accidents can happen anywhere and at any time – though you’re not as likely to be impacted by industrial accidents out in the country, there’s plenty that can happen on the road. It’s always a good idea for you to know the dependable lawyers in your area just in case!

For those looking for a San Diego personal injury law firm, the go-to firm for the dependable lawyers in question is Villasenor Law Firm. The team at Villasenor has been working in the industry for over thirty years and has landed innumerable payouts for clients impacted by accidents on and off the road.

The firm is famous for its honesty, professionalism, and high moral character, as attested to by its clients:

Over the last 10 years, Chris Villasenor has created several contracts for my company that protect me in case a dispute with a client or contractor crops up.  He has also reviewed contracts from my potential clients or partners and made recommendations on ways they needed to be revised in order to protect my best interest.  Chris was also very helpful and informative when my husband & I were faced with a real estate dispute while purchasing our current home.  Chris is trustworthy, professional and a great legal resource in times of need AND he’s become my attorney of choice!

– Kimberly Yow, Google Review

I am grateful to Chris and Vicky for all the hard work they did in helping with my case.  I appreciated the professionalism, honesty, and integrity this law office represented from beginning to end.  Chris is very knowledgeable in the field and comes w years of experience that shown in the way he handled my case.  He was patient and kind in his communication of the process I would have to navigate. I am happy w the outcome and the process.  trusting someone you don’t know isn’t always easy. If I needed this type of help in the future I would seek the help of Chris and Vicky again. Thank you both!!!

– Marissa Shepard, Google Review

If you have been impacted by an accident and are hesitant to get in contact with a lawyer because you’re afraid of the kind of judgment the woman who spilled her coffee received, do yourself a favor and get in contact with Villasenor Law Firm. They will give you the information you need to make an informed decision and get you the recompense you deserve.

Villasenor Law Offices

+18587077771

12396 World Trade Dr Suite 211, San Diego, CA 92128

The Commodification Of Fairytales And Love

White dresses. Multi-tier cakes. Diamonds. 

Prenups. Custody battles. Lawyers.

These are expensive and synonymous with marriage and divorce. Most people get caught up in the first three expenses while hoping to never have to think about the latter three.

Marriage is ultimately an economic partnership, but it is seen in our culture as a milestone in the relationship of two people who love one another. Marriage has become a cultural product known as the industrial wedding complex. 

“Say Yes To The Dress”

As many people know, in many cultures and religions, white symbolizes purity. But what many people don’t know about wedding dresses is that white also subliminally symbolizes wealth. White is the hardest color of a garment to maintain, as stains are much more noticeable on white garments. White dresses were unsuitable for chores or labor that were traditionally assigned to women. The wedding dress was only ever meant to be worn once—on the bride’s wedding day—thus symbolizing the family’s wealth in being able to afford a dress that had almost no functional use outside of the one-day occasion. 

The fashion industry has capitalized on the notion of the wedding dress being a one-in-a-lifetime dress, drawing parallels between a bride’s wedding day to the narrative climax of a princess’s happily-ever-after in childhood fairytale stories. The illusion of reality mimicking fantasy is why shows like “Say Yes To The Dress” have become so popular in mainstream culture, and why some brides are adamant about spending an exorbitant amount of money on a dress, or even on multiple dresses, that can cost more than the average American mortgage.

“Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”

Blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe didn’t make diamonds the aspirational gift when she sang “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend”—she merely reiterated the clever marketing messages of corporations like De Beers. The notorious “three months salary” rule pressures a prospective groom to prove his love by proposing to his prospective wife with an expensive engagement ring.

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A Fairytale Wedding Can Mean A Nightmare Divorce

A survey of over three thousand people in the United States found that couples who spend more on their weddings are more likely to get divorced.

And is it any surprise that money cannot buy love—nor happiness? What’s even more depressing is that divorce not only kills the hope of a true happily-ever-after, it can also cost far more than people can afford. 

Many couples are ashamed of the breakdown of their marriage, especially if they had an extravagant wedding. It can also be difficult to afford divorce lawyers years into the marriage, while the couple is raising a family. In many parts of the United States like Orange County, couples are choosing family law mediation over traditional divorce. In addition to usually being more affordable than litigation, mediation usually results in more mutually amicable terms rather than court rulings.  

Read K S.‘s review of McNamee Mediations on Yelp

Vanity Fair recently reported that the divorce of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt is at a standstill as Jolie has filed a complaint that the judge did not allow her children to testify in court. Given the influence that celebrities have in our culture, the divorce case of Jolie and Pitt may have more people choosing mediation instead of litigation.

Up Against The Wall

Business and law, for better or worse, are twin heads on the same snake. This has been the case since the Roman republic, where many famous statesmen made their names by representing the business interests of their clients in an intensely litigious society.

The modern-day U.S. is nearly as litigious, which is exemplified by a story an old friend of mine recently told me regarding his trials and tribulations with the law recently. He has operated a small side business for years that he never bothered to properly register, which unfortunately was the main cause of his recent troubles.

He received a major order from one of his primary clients a few months back, a rush job that needed to be completed within a couple of weeks. This was going to be a major challenge, considering he still had a normal 9-5 job and had no employees that could do the work while he was busy during the day.

He worked well over 80 hours per week during the allotted time, slaving away to make sure that he would be able to make the deadline that he had verbally agreed to with his client. When the dust had settled, he had made it, but only by the skin of his teeth and at the cost of his health.

That’s when the trouble began. He tried getting in contact with his client, but they were being strangely non-communicative. This went on for over a week before he was contacted by their lawyer.

Apparently, the client was suing him for a breach of contract. The client was asserting that they had agreed to a much earlier delivery date, and the lack of paperwork meant that it had become a he-said, she-said situation. Only one side had a powerful and effective lawyer, while the other was represented by his hapless, naïve self.

Needless to say, it did not go well for my friend. Due to the fact that he hadn’t registered his business, he was forced to use his own money to settle the claim and pay for legal fees. He was lucky that he’s successful in both his private business and his career, but the whole thing put an enormous burden on him. When I saw him, it looked like he had aged ten years despite only seeing him a few months beforehand.

The lesson here is that, no matter how small and insignificant you think your business is and how much you trust the relationship you’ve built with your clients, at least consulting a business lawyer is hugely important part of doing business. If my friend had taken my advice and consulted one of the best business law firms in Orange County, Burris Law, then he might have saved himself a huge headache and more than a few grey hairs.

I recommended Burris to him because, quite simply, they are the best. Professional, efficient, and intensely conscientious, they can help any business through the quagmire of the law no matter the situation.

If you need proof, just take a quick perusal through their clients’ testimonies:

Read H D.‘s review of Burris Law on Yelp

I can not believe how quickly my issue was resolved with one call and one letter from Burris Law to the person who was in the wrong. He made the whole problem disappear with his incredible knowledge and quick response time. 11+ stars if I could

Michelle H., Yelp review

As long as people hold greed in their hearts, there will be swindlers and opportunists hoping to use the law as a weapon against you and your business. If you find yourself the target of litigation, do yourself a favor and consult with the best business law firm around, Burris Law:

Burris Law Firm

+17149418122

488 S Glassell St, Orange, CA 92866