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What Is A Sitemap?
It is one of those fundamental files on any server, and serves to show the structure of the web page, but it is convenient not to confuse the sitemap file with the site map , because, although both mean and can serve the same, there is distinctions between one and the other. Among the differences between these two elements, it should be noted, for example, that it has a specific mission and that it is integrated into the main navigation system, being visible to the user, who can access it from the link enabled on the web page.
In addition, it is an HTML file, indexable by the search engines, whose size depends in large part on the size of the web page. On the other hand, this file is not, say, mandatory, although it is recommended, for all websites, only for those that have a large size, to help search engines to index the site completely. Keep in mind that the site map allows the user to have a clear idea, and see it, of the structure of the web, helping him to have a clear vision of each element and where to find it.
AND ON THE OTHER HAND, WE HAVE THE WELL-KNOWN FILE SITEMAP.XML
This Sitemap.xml file created with the XML format that is present most of the time in the root directory of any server, although it does not necessarily have to be in this location, since it serves in the same way if it is located in any other place of the server. An important fact to take into consideration is that it is not visible, that is, its incorporation into the server is not done so that users see it, like the site map, but so that search engines like Google or Firefox
This file, file, fulfills a very important mission, which is none other than to indicate to the robots which is the route to follow on the web so that they can access absolutely all the pages and documents that are present on a web page, and to achieve it in a very effective way, it also includes a list of the URLs of all the pages of the web, as well as all the additional information that the web presents.
Of course, and as you already know, incorporating sitemap.xml benefits web positioning in that it allows robots to track your web more effectively. And, it should be said that, although it is more than advisable to incorporate this file in all web pages, it is especially necessary to incorporate it if your website is large.
Our accident and personal injury practice serves as many as 2,000 clients per year, and every case is supervised by a certified trial attorney.
Our areas of practice include automobile accidents, birth injuries, construction accidents, traumatic brain injury, product liability, medical malpractice, motorcycle accidents, nursing home negligence, on the job injuries, social security disability, tractor trailer accidents, slip and fall accidents, defective drug cases, class actions, toxic torts and many more.
Personal Injury Services
Our personal injury lawyers have a proven track record of successfully representing clients and helping them gain their rightful compensation. Our lawyers will evaluate the facts of your case and the applicable rules and statutes to determine your potential recovery based on factors like medical bills, pain and suffering and lost wages. Once we’ve arrived at an acceptable number, we’ll fight to get you the monetary restoration you deserve.
During your representation, our lawyers will work with your best interests in mind to make sure you’re fully compensated for your injuries by:
- Gathering the necessary evidence to prove your claims
- Consulting with experts to build your case
- Negotiating compensation with the insurance company and other entities on your behalf
- Guiding you through the process with the goal of obtaining the best possible outcome
We know the effect a serious injury can have on a person’s life and family. Our goal is to provide expert and thorough counsel while maximizing your compensation as quickly as possible so you can start to move forward with your life. We’ll be with you every step of the way, explaining the process and using our expertise to create a winning strategy.
Frequently Asked Questions about Personal Injury Cases
Personal injury cases often come with a large number of questions due to their impact on an individual’s life. Here are answers to some of the most common questions to help you more effectively understand the process:
How much is my case worth?
Without looking at the full case and extent of injuries it’s difficult to arrive at an exact number, but you do deserve to be fully compensated for the damages caused by your injury. When working to arrive at a final figure, the monetary expenses related to medical bills and loss of wages from time missed from work are relatively easy to calculate. The tricky part is determining the dollar value of intangible factors, like pain and suffering and future loss of earnings. Your lawyer will be able to advise you more specifically on the amount you should be entitled to.
Will my case go to trial?
The vast majority of cases don’t go to trial, but if an acceptable settlement can’t be reached during the negotiation phase then trial would be the next step. The more information you can provide in the initial stages to support your claim, the more likely it is the opposing side will see the strength of the case and an appropriate settlement will be reached.
How will I pay for a lawyer in my personal injury case?
Our personal injury lawyers work on an contingency basis, which means you won’t be charged a fee if our team doesn’t recover compensation for you. There’s no upfront cost, so you don’t have to worry about coming up with funds to obtain representation.
Do I need a lawyer for my personal injury case?
A lawyer can provide expert insight and advice into what you should be entitled to in order to compensate you for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and future loss of earnings. This number can be significantly higher than what you would able to obtain without representation. Our lawyers use their knowledge and experience to build a strong case and substantiate your claim with witnesses, experts and evidence. Being represented by a lawyer gets rid of the headache of navigating the court system, gives you a personal guide and advocate and make sure you get the full compensation you’re entitled to.
Should I accept the insurance company’s settlement offer?
If an insurance company has contacted you with a settlement offer, don’t accept the offer without first consulting an attorney. Typically the number insurance companies offer directly to the injured party are lower than what you could expect to get if an attorney was involved and advocating on your behalf. With a lawyer who operates on a contingency basis (meaning you don’t pay a fee unless compensation is successfully obtained for you), you could obtain a higher settlement than the initial offer without having to worry about out-of-pocket expenses for legal representation.
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Our lawyers are committed to getting you results. With dedication and relentless determination, our lawyers have a long history of success in winning settlements and verdicts for the clients. If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence and are looking to receive compensation for your injuries, our team can help.
How Facebook Can Affect Your Personal Injury Case
Facebook currently has over 350 million users, making it the most popular social networking site in the world. It has allowed millions of people to reconnect after many years and provides a means of making new friends. However, for those involved in a personal injury case, your facebook postings could damage or completely destroy your case.
We warn our clients that if they are a member of Facebook, MySpace, or any other social networking website, then they need to be careful about what they post. You never know who may be reading your posts. We know that some insurance companies, defense attorneys and private investigators are trying to view your Facebook accounts.
If there are recent photos of you posted by your friends, they can be viewed by people outside your network of “friends”, despite your privacy settings.
Postings from Facebook have been admitted in courts and have been used by police, investigators and media. In fact, firms representing the insurance company can have their lawyers and clerks search Facebook for the injured party’s pages, profiles and pictures. THIS HAPPENS!
The Internet and social networking sites have changed the face of litigation in this country. However, there are some precautions that you can take to protect yourself, short of boycotting the Internet all together. First, be careful in reviewing the photos and posts on your social networking site. Remove anything that you would not want an insurance company lawyer to see that could help them defend against your case. Next, check your privacy settings which enable you to block certain people from seeing you on a particular site (Facebook allows this). It is also helpful to search your name in the search field and see what comes up to make sure it is acceptable (it is advisable to do this on Google and YouTube as well). Finally never accept friend requests or respond to emails from people you do not know.
In short, be cautious of what you post on a social networking site and be aware of what others are posting.
7 New Social Security Rules
U.S. News and World Report recently published an article noting that the Social Security Administration has promulgated the following new rules and features which take effect in 2013:
1. The temporary payroll tax cut expired at the end of 2012. That means that workers who previously paid 4.2% of their income into Social Security have resumed paying 6.2% of their earnings in 2013, up to the cap of $113,700 in earnings.
2. The increase in the payroll cap to $113,700, means workers who earn more than this amount, will not pay social security taxes on any wage earned above $113,700.
3. Social Security is offering more on-line services. It is now possible to do the following on-line: claim your Social Security payments, check your Social Security statements, get an estimate of your Social Security monthly benefit amount, change your address, or change direct-deposit information. For many people, this eliminates any need to actually make an appointment at a local Social Security office.
4. Social Security offices are reducing the number of hours they are open each week. Social Security offices have been closing 30 minutes earlier each weekday since November 19, 2012, and beginning January 2, 2013, all offices are closing to the public at noon every Wednesday.
5. As of March 1, 2013, the Treasury will no longer mail paper checks to Social Security Recipients. Social Security will require that all payments be directly deposited into a bank or credit union account, or onto a prepaid Direct Express Debit MasterCard. The MasterCard option is available for benefit recipients who do not have a bank account.
6. Individuals who take early retirement benefits (people between the ages of 62 and 66) and who continue to work can now earn up to $15,120 in 2013 before benefits are withheld. After you earn $15,120, Social Security will withhold $1 in benefits for every $2 you earn. If you turn 66 in 2013, you can earn up to $40,080 before Social Security with withhold $1 in benefits for every $3 earned.
7. Social Security recipients did receive a small cost-of-living increase for 2013. The average Social Security benefit increased by $21 per month over the monthly amount each recipient received in 2012
Parking – Review the provisions of your existing leases that pertain to dealing with available parking for tenants and their customers. To ensure that you are in compliance with your lease, confirm that parking promised for the tenant’s customers is not used for this event. If a provision exists within your lease, try to take advantage of this opportunity by obtaining a waiver from your tenants that will enable you to use their parking spot(s) if they are planning to be gone the days the Pope is visiting.
Additionally, it may be worthwhile to send a letter to tenants to use only designated parking spaces/areas for themselves. An ounce of prevention can save you from the headache of a tenant trying to “sublease” such spaces to papal visitors, which would be in violation of the lease, and could result in the further loss of parking for customers that will be patronizing tenants and assure the landlord of future rent being paid.
In other words, if your tenant’s designated customer parking areas have the same vehicles sitting there for some time in late September, consider reminding your tenant about the provisions of its lease prohibiting subleases without prior landlord consent. Additionally, consider putting up signage limiting parking to patrons of tenants, with the risk of being towed for non-compliance.
Buses – Owners within the Philadelphia city limits should be aware of a little-known provision of the Philadelphia Code (section 12-908 (1)), which prohibits the parking of busses “at any location other than at a designated bus stand.” As such, if a tour bus happens to pull in and take up parking spaces reserved for tenants and their customers, the property owner may be able to make a good case to the authorities to get it removed under this Code provision.
Trash – With the influx of tourists, there will also be byproducts, including trash. Have you spoken to your service providers to ensure that regular trash pickup will be enough? It may be worthwhile to temporarily increase trash pickup to ensure your center stays clean and safe.
Insurance – With the estimated 2 million-plus coming to the City of Brother Love, there are sure to be accidents. Checking on the extent of your insurance coverage now, as well as requesting evidence of your tenants’ coverage—most commercial leases permit the landlord to do so from time to time upon request—can help to manage concerns.
With some practical thinking and advance preparation, commercial/retail landlords can reap the benefits of the Pope’s visit and ensure that their centers can maximize this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
The Sudden Emergency Doctrine
Pennsylvania Courts have acknowledged the “sudden emergency doctrine” as a relevant defense in determining whether a driver was negligent in a car accident. See Lockhart v. List, 665 A.2d 1176 (Pa. 1995). The “sudden emergency doctrine” recognizes that a driver, who, although driving in a prudent manner, is confronted with a sudden or unexpected event which little or no time to comprehend a situation and act accordingly should not be subject to liability simply because another perhaps more prudent course was available; rather, under such circumstances, a person is only required to exhibit an honest exercise of judgment. Under Pennsylvania law, the “sudden emergency doctrine” presupposes the unexpected event to be some type of interjection of a moving object or instrumentality into the driver’s path. See Brown v. Schriver, 386 A.2d 45, 49 (Pa. Super. 1978); Elder v. Orluck, 483 A.2d 474 (Pa. Super. 1984) and Hanlon v. Sorenson, 433 A.2d 60 (Pa. Super. 1981).
Pennsylvania Courts have encountered many interesting situations which they have concluded that the “sudden emergency doctrine” may constituted a defense for a driver in a car accident, in which they would be otherwise considered negligent. Specifically, a dust cloud, a moving object in the road, a blockade in the road, swerving of another vehicle, blinding lights and a dense patch of fog may be considered as a “sudden emergency doctrine” under Pennsylvania caselaw. See Cunningham v. Byers, 732 A.2d 655, 658 (Pa. Super. 1999) and Unangst v. Whitehouse, 344 A.2d 695, 699 (Pa. Super. 1975).
Although this doctrine is rarely used by defendants in a car accident, it is an issue which should be addressed very early in a case by an attorney and/or an investigator. This cane be easily addressed by carefully reviewing the statements of all parties and witnesses in the police report, inspecting the scene and interviewing witnesses.