March 26, 2013

Social Media and The Legal System: Why It Can Take Some Time

Category: Internet — Tags: , , , , – admin @ 11:41 am

A future where the government filters all media produced and published by people in the Internet is something undesirable and totalitarian, I will have to agree, but for today, it seems like the only way that the law could have its long hands extend to the speed of data-production in the Interent today.

Today, the 74 million people using the Internet could produce an average of more than 60TB of information globally on a daily basis. Along with business and corporate information, data from social media websites, shared computers, music and video hosting websites and other servers get transferred to different places at different times.

Social media became a home for individualists and people who have different viewpoints about their lives. It enabled many alienated users to find people who think similarly to their perspective. However, it also became an avenue for offensive activity. The UK’s public prosecutors are actually hard at work ensuring that cyberbullying and other forms of offensive and malicious acts in the Internet are met with justice.

However, with a sluggish system and the Internet’s capability to blur the lines of expression and threat, the legal system has no time to catch up. However, like pagers and cell phone text messages, all information sent should be private not unless a search warrant is presented. Every citizen, including myself, will find it offensive to have authorities know my every statement, and I get charged for what I said in the process.

But still, it would take some time before the proper laws are set in place. For now, everyone must bear or must get used to seeing offensive posts and who knows, people might get used to the freedom of expression that the Internet itself is self-regulating as most users claim it to be.

March 1, 2013

Handling Accident Claims: The First Few Steps

If you had an accident wherein the carelessness of another party brought you a disaster, you have the right to file for a compensation claim. Regardless whether it is a car, road or work accident, you are due compensation for any damages. Here are the first few steps in making a successful claim for compensation.

1. Report
Have your dilemma reported to authorities within 24 hours from your accident. The police and road authorities mostly record car and road traffic-related accidents. Your company’s human resources department or building administration usually handles your claim’s accident report. Have each of these parties record your incident so that you could make an effective claim.

2. Evidences
In a car accident claim, you will need at least two medical opinions to verify your injuries. The UK car insurance claims guidelines have become far more strict due to the increase of fraudulent claims in the country. In workplace accident claims, your company medical department may first survey you before you are sent to a medical professional who could provide you check-up.

3. Claiming
Car accident claimants need to have their claims reviewed by legal professionals, who could then prescribe you the best action to take with your claim. Avoid claiming to the insurance company directly; they may offer you a lump-sum that may not be enough for your injuries. For workplace accidents, your HR departments would be the ones to provide you your compensation.