Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Book recommendation: The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District by James Rebanks

Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations. Their way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand, and has been for hundreds of years. A Viking would understand the work they do: sending the sheep to the fells in the summer and making the hay; the autumn fairs where the flocks are replenished; the gruelling toil of winter when the sheep must be kept alive, and the light-headedness that comes with spring, as the lambs are born and the sheep get ready to return to the fells. These modern dispatches from an ancient landscape tell the story of a deep-rooted attachment to place, describing a way of life that is little noticed and yet has profoundly shaped this landscape. In evocative and lucid prose, James Rebanks takes us through a shepherd's year, offering a unique account of rural life and a fundamental connection with the land that most of us have lost. It is a story of working lives, the people around him, his childhood, his parents and grandparents, a people who exist and endure even as the world changes around them. Many stories are of people working desperately hard to leave a place. This is the story of someone trying desperately hard to stay. James Rebanks is the Herdwick Shepherd, whose account of shepherding has a strong following on Twitter (@herdyshepherd1). His family has farmed in the same area for more than six hundred years. Available from Amazon.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Benefits of Visiting a Doctor After a Car Accident

Brought to you by our friends at Howie, Sacks and Henry LLP, Canada

There are some car accidents that are major and can result in serious injury to the driver and his or her passengers. Other accidents are called fender-benders and these sometimes result in minor injuries. Regardless of how minor the car accident appears to be, it’s a good idea for the driver to get checked by a doctor. Consider some of the reasons why it's beneficial to a driver’s health to get checked out by a doctor after being involved in a car accident. 

An Unknown Injury

One of the reasons why a driver should be examined by a doctor after a car accident is because some injuries can show up a day or two after the incident. For instance, a driver may strain his or her neck during a fender-bender. However, the person may not experience neck pain until the morning or day after the car accident. If the person is checked by a doctor, the physician can make note of the injury and this information can be included in the driver’s car accident claim

An Internal Injury

Another reason why a driver should be examined by a doctor after any type of car accident is to check for internal injuries. A doctor can perform certain tests that rule out internal injuries that the driver may not be aware of. Oftentimes, a driver’s mid-section will hit the steering wheel when an accident occurs and he or she will suffer internally from the sudden impact. A doctor is able to make note of these types of injuries and provide treatment for the person. A driver who is injured in a car accident may want to take action and contact a legal team such as HSH lawyers for assistance.


Visiting a doctor after a car accident allows a driver to have a record of his or her condition after the incident. So, if anything changes or a small injury worsens, the driver will have documented proof of his or her health condition. This can help the driver if he or she decides to pursue the issue with the other party involved in the car accident.

Remember, even if you don't feel hurt, it's best to get examined by a doctor who knows what signs to look for. This can benefit your long-term health and prevent other related problems.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Book recommendation: Diary of a Lawyer by Goldie Millan

When her beloved father dies under suspicious circumstances, Liberty Deller finds herself the recipient of a host of mysterious objects, as well as a £500,000 inheritance. Viewing it as the perfect opportunity to uncover the truth behind her father’s death, Liberty joins his old firm—and quickly realises that dark secrets abound. As paralegal to the ruthless Lydia Bammona, Liberty receives a crash course in the moral and ethical limbo that exists at the Yorkshire-based law firm that’s funded by a pair of brothers known as the “Yorkshire Terriors.” Recording her thoughts and one-sided conversations with her deceased father in the diary that he left her, Liberty slowly unravels a tangled web of lies that puts her in increasing amounts of danger. As robed men begin to follow her every move, Liberty falls victim to attempted murder, kidnapping, and more. But what do these mysterious stalkers want? With surprising plot twists that include family drama and a touch of romance, Diary of a Lawyer offers up plenty of suspense for lawyers and mystery lovers, alike. Available from Amazon.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Book recommendation: The Man Who Left by Theresa Weir

THE MAN WHO LEFT is a memoir about the importance of fathers. It's about the men who leave, and the men who stay. It's a familiar story. Father leaves his wife and children and never looks back. Theresa Weir was five when her father left his family for a better life with a wealthy socialite. Many years passed with only occasional and grudging contact by Theresa's father. When Theresa married into a successful farm family, her father resurfaced, but she couldn't help but be suspicious of his awkward visits. Years later, when the aging socialite dies and Theresa's father is diagnosed with Alzheimer's, people expect Theresa to move to Florida to care for him. A daughter's duty. This is Theresa's personal story of a strained and painful father/daughter relationship. What does a daughter owe the father who abandoned her? Available from Amazon.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

You Have Options to Settle your Settlement

Brought to you by our friends at Howie, Sacks and Henry LLP, Canada

Nobody wants to get involved in the legal system. However, there are certain times in your life when it may become necessary to stand up for yourself and your personal rights. One of the most common occurrences where people need legal help is when they suffer an injury. In these instances, you will need to hire a lawyers to represent your interests and ensure that you are awarded a settlement that is sufficient for the severity of the injury you have suffered. Personal injury cases are the specialty of HSH Lawyers. They handle these cases every day, helping to get their clients the compensation they deserve. Here are some ways that great lawyers can win big settlements.

1. Many years of experience handling disability cases

If you are trying to win a long term disability settlement, you need experienced lawyers on your side. You can be sure that the insurance company you are fighting against has good lawyers defending them, so having quality lawyers in situations like this can be invaluable to helping you win the settlement you are entitled to. Lawyers that handle disability cases for a living have seen it all before. They know all the tricks that insurance companies use to try to get out of paying claims that are valid. Having an experienced lawyer can literally be the difference between winning and losing your case.

2. One step ahead

Lawyers who are great at their jobs are always one step ahead of the lawyers they are going up against. This is especially true when it comes to lawyers who handle disability cases for a living. There are various strategies that insurance companies use to avoid paying off claims. These include saying that the insured person misrepresented their medical condition when they applied for coverage, the insured person is not sufficiently disabled or the insured person is not disabled at all. Knowing what defense the insurance company will use and when they are going to use it can help to swing the court's decision in your favor. Therefore, you need a disability lawyer who can anticipate the moves of the opposition.

3. No fear

Many insurance providers are enormous companies that prey on the fear of their clients. They depend on their clients being too afraid to file suit against them, for fear that they will be caught up in a legal nightmare. A good lawyer is not afraid of any insurance provider.

Book recommendation: Judicial Whispers (Caper Court) by Caro Fraser

For Leo Davies, a charming, brilliant barrister at one of London's most prestigious chambers, life is good. It is only when he applies to take silk and become a QC that whispers begin of his scandalous sexual past. Leo, a man who has always meticulously divided his personal and professional lives, is unnerved to discover just how much his colleagues seem to know. Could attaching himself to a suitable woman be the solution to his problems? When fellow barrister Anthony Cross falls in love with beautiful solicitor Rachel Dean, Leo realises he may have to callously hurt them both to save his career. But Rachel has a dark and frightening secret of her own, and Leo's relationship with Anthony is more complicated than ever ... Available from Amazon.