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Negotiation Tactics 101

I believe it was Benjamin Franklin who once said, the only guarantees in life are death and taxes. That has certainly been true in my experience. Everything else has to be earned through hard work and a solid amount of luck.

However, hard work is not always equal. For example, a person may spend a lot of time and energy to push a mower around a lawn to cut grass. That can be a lot of hard work.

But that person could have used a riding lawn mower. Those machines take work and attention, too, but require much less concerted physical effort. This is just one example of how work can be inefficiently applied.

To properly work hard and to leave yourself open to good fortune, you need to know how to negotiate. Someone may achieve way more success if they can bargain their way to it, even if they work with less effort toward the same goal.

The first tactic to remember in negotiation is to try and appear in-line with the goals of the person with whom you are negotiating. For example, if a person wants to make as much money as possible, frame yourself as not impeding their profit. Instead, you need something from them as you strive toward an unrelated motive.

Keeping this in mind with decrease the severity or intensity of a conflict. The worst thing, both strategically and ethically, is to stand in the way of a person attempting to achieve something — especially if what they are working toward is a good thing, like helping others!

Another negotiating principle to keep in mind is to contextualize your resources and abilities as compared to the person sitting across the table. As explained on the website for the Kentucky personal injury law firm, Hare, Wynn, Newell & Newton, LLP, sometimes legal negotiations include discussing options with powerful actors like insurance companies.

If you are a single individual arguing against a powerful interest or entity like an insurance company, then it is best that you remember you are only one person. In regards to money, staffing, or time, it is likely that you can only do so much. Time management, prioritization, and relying on your loved ones is important — especially when negotiating. But you can only go so far or do so much.

And the final negotiation tactic is to know when to say no — or walk away from the table entirely. One of the best examples of unfair and bad-faith behavior is when people make offers for a product or service that are so humorously low, you almost want to laugh.

There is a good chance that whatever you are negotiating, be it a pay raise or the delivery of a service, is available somewhere else. Always remember the value you hold and the principles you are pursuing. In doing so, you will know when the right time is to walk away from someone who is not acting in good-faith. Or, if a person is offering something insultingly, always feel comfortable in your decision to say no.

These are just a few methods to be aware of, to become a better negotiator and more successful. Even with these tools in mind, perfection is not guaranteed. However, you have a better shot than without them!

Requirements for Slip and Fall Accident Lawsuits

Slip and fall accidents account for countless injuries every year. Whether caused by a wet area of floor or an unexpected object on the ground, slip and fall accidents can be far more serious than most people would expect. Individuals who are victims of a fall can suffer broken bones, head injuries, and spinal injuries that can all result in extensive medical bills. Due to this, people who suffer from slip and fall accidents on premises such as the work place may seek to take legal action against the responsible party. However, it is important for these individuals to understand the elements of a premises liability case involving a slip and fall before they pursue legal action.

According to, property owners are required by law to warn guests and visitors of anything that can cause harm on their property, and then promptly address the problem. Due to this, property owners can be held responsible for a slip and fall accident if they failed to put up a warning sign, such as a wet floor sign, around a dangerous area of their property. The owner of a premises or another employee may also be responsible if they knew about something such as a spill and failed to tell anyone or do anything about it. This is especially true if the individual caused the spill themselves and ignored it. One of the most common ways an individual can be responsible for a slip and fall accident is if a reasonable and responsible individual would have discovered the danger on their property, but they failed to do so.

Just as with any legal case, slip and fall accidents have many nuisances that can be confusing for an individual often already going through turmoil from their injury. This is often why hiring a personal injury lawyer is an essential and invaluable asset to any case to help ensure a victim gets the help they need.

Who is Liable for Dog Bite Injuries?

With the increasing incidence and severity of dog bites and animal maulings happening around the United States, many people are calling for updates regarding outdated dogs laws. Although owners can be held liable for injuries and damages caused by their pets, punishments are often light and not enough compared to the damages that they have caused. Dog bites or animal maulings do not only cause physical injuries, they can also leave emotional scars and psychological trauma. Common injuries associated with animal attacks are lacerations, bruises, broken bones, and scarring caused by deep wounds.

State laws regarding animal bites can differ. There are states that follow the “strict liability” rule, making the pet owner liable for injuries caused by their pets whether or not they are aware of their nature (to bite) or not, with respect to keeping other people from attacks. Likewise, there are states that make owners liable for injuries and damages their animals cause provided they are aware of the dangerous nature of the animal. It can be very difficult to fully determine whether an animal is dangerous or not, which is why it is difficult to bring dog bites or animal mauling case in court. One way to help determine the owner’s liability is the necessity of the owner to know the risks that come with the animal, or if the owner has to know whether that particular type of animal has the potential of harming others.

There are defenses that animal owners can use when injury claims are put against them in court. Common defenses used in court are the “assumption of risk” and “contributory negligence” of the victim. The website of Detroit law firm Ravid & Associates, P.C., states that actions such as provoking the animal, ignoring warning signs, and trespassing can negate the animal owner’s responsibility. Only if the animal attack and the resulting injury was not influenced by such factors can personal injury claims can be filed. After getting medical attention after being hurt by an animal, it is important to find out who the owner of the animal is. Contacting a lawyer is the next step, preferably someone with experience in animal bites cases. Medical records, witness reports, photos, and other evidence play a vital role in winning an injury claim, therefore such information should be gathered together with the owner’s name, address and other details.