Book Recommendation: Decline and Fall (Penguin Modern Classics)

With his distinctive dark wit, Evelyn Waugh's Decline and Fall is a masterful social satire sending up the social mores of 1920s England, edited with an introduction by David Bradshaw in Penguin Modern Classics.
Expelled from Oxford for indecent behaviour, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly unsurprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle. Hi colleagues are an assortment of misfits, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk). Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. As the farce unfolds and the young run riot, no one is safe, least of all Paul. Taking its title from Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Evelyn Waugh's first, funniest novel immediately caught the ear of the public with his account of an ingĂ©nu abroad in the decadent confusion of 1920s high society.
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Book Recommendation: The Dawn Patrol

Boone Daniels is a laid-back kind of private investigator. He has sleuthing skills to burn but is rarely out of his boardshorts, and with a huge Pacific storm approaching San Diego, Boone wants to be there to ride the once-in-a-lifetime waves with his buddies in the Dawn Patrol. Unfortunately he's just landed a case involving one dead and one missing stripper, but with the help - or hindrance, Boone thinks - of uptight lawyer Petra Hall, he's determined to wrap it up in time for the epic surf.
But all sorts of trouble follows with Hawaiian gangs and trafficked Mexican girls, as the case turns dark and personal, raising ghosts from Boone's troubled past and dragging in Sunny and the rest of the Dawn Patrol. The currents turn treacherous on land and at sea as the big swell makes landfall, and Boone has to fight just to keep his head above water...
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Book Recommendation: How the Law Works

How the Law Works is a refreshingly clear and reliable guide to today’s legal system. Offering interesting and comprehensive coverage, it makes sense of all the curious features of the law in day to day life and in current affairs.
Explaining the law and legal jargon in plain English, it provides an accessible entry point to the different types of law and legal techniques, as well as today's compensation culture and human rights law. In addition to explaining the role of judges, lawyers, juries and parliament, it clarifies the mechanisms behind criminal and civil law.
How the Law Works is essential reading for anyone approaching law for the first time, or for anyone who is interested in an engaging introduction to the subject’s bigger picture.
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Book Recommendation: Lawyers Uncovered: Everything You Always Wanted to Know, But Didn't Want to Pay £500 an Hour to Find Out

The funny and subversive 'Queen's Counsel' cartoon strip has appeared on the law pages of "The Times" since 1993, delighting the legal profession and general readers alike with its accurate and biting send-up of the profession and its practices. Here - allegedly! - is the best of them. In these pages, readers will delight in Geoffrey Bentwood QC, who specialises in boring his clients to death, while not-so-secretly longing to be promoted to the bench; his sidekick, Edward Longwind, who takes lessons in pomposity from Sir Geoffrey; Richard Loophole of Loophole and Fillibuster who does his best to bankrupt his clients, while working his associates to death and pretending to remember some of the law he learned at school; and at the mercy of all of them is the luckless Mr Sprocket, the endlessly unsuccessful litigant whose lawyers will not rest until they have spent all of his money. This work features the best of the 'Queen's Counsel' cartoon strip from "The Times".
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Protecting Florida's Personal Injury Law From Fraud

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Florida’s personal injury law has good intentions but it's become susceptible to fraud. It helps anyone who's injured in accidents collect money to pay for treatment. However, many cases of fraud has pushed insurance companies to raise premiums, hurting insurance policy holders as a result.

Getting to know personal injury law
Everyone needs to have coverage. No one can tell when an accident will happen, so it's best to be prepared.

How injured individuals can collect damages

Anyone who’s injured—from vehicular accidents, slip and fall, and even dog bites—will have the right to get access to medical treatment and claim damages and even file a lawsuit against another individual (or company) who caused the injury.

Under the law, individuals who were injured as a result of another person's negligence can claim money as damages as long as he acts quickly. He must:
-  Write everything about the accident/injury
-  Get the names and contact details of potential witnesses
-  Provide evidence of the injury, like photos
-  Get in touch with a personal injury firm, like the Killino Firm Miami branch

A lawsuit should be filed within the statute of limitation, or the deadline in which a case can be filed.  It should be easy to collect damages as long as you prove that the other party has caused the injury.

An exception in Florida’s personal injury law

Florida is considered a No Fault state and that has a significant impact on the state automobile injury laws.

Here, anyone who’s been in a car accident can collect money for medical treatments and damages, regardless of who caused the accident.

That means even if you are the cause of a car crash, you’d still be eligible to get paid. Drivers in Florida are required to have Personal Injury Protection (PIP) policy. The minimum amount of coverage per person is $10,000.

The insurance can be used to pay for medical treatments. Aside from that, you can also file a case against the other party if you suffered serious injuries, to collect compensation for losses incurred. Examples include lost wages caused by being away from work, medical expenses (past, current, and expected), emotional distress, and other costs that resulted from the injury.

Problem with Florida’s personal injury law

Although the No Fault coverage sounds good because it assures that you are guaranteed to get money, it opens the possibility for fraud. The law has very good intentions but the current situation has caused distress to insurance holders.

The premiums have increased significantly and drivers are having a difficult time paying for the insurance. How’d that happen?

It’s because of the nature of the injury law. Because anyone is eligible to get compensation, fraudulent individuals have devised so many ways to collect money even when there’s really no accident.

People can fake car accidents, wrongfully declare the medical costs, adding occupants to the reports, solicit money for accepting treatment, and refer patients to medical providers in exchange for something.

All these have pushed insurance companies to shell out millions of dollars and as a result, they’re forced to raise the premiums insurance holders have to pay. According to data from the Insurance Information Institute, the number of new drivers during the 2006 – 2010 period has remained the same while the recorded collisions actually went down. However, the number of PIP claims has increased and a huge amount has been referred to the Division of Fraud.

Obviously, something needs to be done. And just recently, a new law has been passed that set new limitations on how much a person can get after getting into a car accident. Hopefully, this new bill would fix the problem with fraud claims and keep insurance premiums affordable.