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Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Finding the right personal injury lawyer to represent you in court may be the key in getting the proper compensation in a very fast manner possible. There are a lot of lawyers out there who says they can help you, but not all of them are familiar with the ins and outs of personal injury law. This is why it is vital to find the right one, especially if you have been severely injured due to an accident or reckless behavior of another person or party.

If you have just recently encountered a serious injury due to another person’s fault, then you might get compensation by filing a personal injury claim. With so many lawyers out there, it might seem daunting to find the right one, so here are some tips on where and how you can find the best personal injury lawyer for your specific injury case:

  1. Bar associations – generally all lawyers become members of these organizations, and as such, they can provide you with lawyer’s credentials and curriculum vitae. These organizations can provide you with lawyers who specialize in personal injury law.
  2. Yellow pages – even with the fast access of the internet, yellow pages can still provide you with attorneys who specialize in personal injury laws.
  3. Inquire about them to your lawyer – whether you asked their help for writing a will or for real estate transactions, asking your lawyer on their recommendations can guarantee you have enough options for a personal injury lawyer. Ask your lawyer for at least 3 persons whom he trusts can help you with your dilemma.
  4. Internet – just about every bit of information can be found in the internet. Searching for lawyers in your area do not only give you their names, you can also find their backgrounds, other cases and even inquire them about your case.
  5. Ask around – it does not hurt to ask other people about different lawyers. Word of mouth is still a strong advertising medium for many legal firms, and asking about them can inform you about their services and how they handle their clients.

Looking for the right lawyer doesn’t need to be all that hard and confusing. Just knowing where to look for them is the first step in fighting for your right for fair compensation after an unjust accident.

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Intoxicated Driving: The Differences Between Marijuana and Alcohol

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Driving Facts | 0 comments

Almost any intoxicant can negatively impact an individual’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle. For this reason, most states have designed laws to discourage the use of intoxicants by motorists. But enforcing these laws can be more difficult for some intoxicants than others.

Drunk driving, which has been recognized as a serious public safety issue for several decades now, has been subject to increasingly strict laws and regulations prohibiting impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. All states institute a limit of .08% blood alcohol content, and there are a wide range of different technologies that can be used to effectively determine whether a driver suspected of driving under the influence is over this limit, including breathalyzers and blood and urine tests.

Marijuana, on the other hand, is much more difficult to effectively detect in drivers. For one, marijuana, unlike alcohol, stays in the bloodstream for much longer than alcohol, sometimes for weeks after an individual has used it. Another issue is that there aren’t currently widely-accepted legal limits to effectively determine how much marijuana can be in an individual’s system before they are unsafe to drive. Finally, testing technology is not nearly as advanced as it is for alcohol.

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Helping Teenagers Cope with a Divorce

Posted by on May 23, 2013 in Family Topics | 0 comments

Divorce is not always an easy process, and it can be made even more difficult when divorcing spouses have teenagers.  Teenagers are already facing difficult life changes, as this is a critical transition period for them, but a divorce – especially one that is sudden or unexpected – can make the teen years even more difficult to face.  Many teens feel that they are misunderstood or that their parents do not talk to them about their decisions, making a divorce even harder to for many teens to accept. As such, it is important that parents make an effort to talk to their teens about getting a divorce and to not avoid having honest and serious discussions with their children, even when it involves difficult or uncomfortable topics.

However, many parents struggle with finding out how to help their teenagers through a divorce.  Unfortunately, it’s not a foolproof science, as every teen’s reaction will be different.  However, there are some good strategies that parents might consider when working through a divorce with their teenagers.

Strategies for Helping Your Teen with a Divorce

Every young person will react to their parents’ divorce differently, but divorce can be especially hard on teenagers who are old enough to fully understand the implications of a divorce and the effects it can have on their life.  It might be hard for a teenager to imagine life without both parents together, and he or she might act out against the divorce in different ways.  To help your teenager cope with a divorce, whether it is amicable or contentious, there are some strategies that you can implement, including:

  1. Explaining the divorce as a team, with you and your spouse talking to your child together
  2. Avoid blaming your spouse or using negative language about him or her
  3. Always make your teen understand that he or she is allowed to ask questions
  4. Make it clear that both parents love the child, and the divorce is not about him or her
  5. Seek counseling, if you think that it is necessary to help your teen express his or her feelings

While not every one of these strategies may help your individual teen, each of them has been utilized by divorcing parents across the country, and has seen success in certain families.  Because every divorce is different, you will have to test some different strategies and find out which works best for your family.  If you have questions, as many parents do, it might also benefit you to discuss them with a divorce lawyer in The Woodlands who has likely seen cases similar to yours in his or her years of experience helping families with teens go through the divorce process.

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Choosing an Attorney

Posted by on May 20, 2013 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Every case is different, so you should not expect that every lawyer can represent you in court regarding your personal injury claims. As these lawsuits are a special area of the law, finding the right personal injury lawyer can pave the way to fair financial settlement.

In choosing a lawyer to stand in for you in front of a judge or jury, certain things should be considered before hiring them. First, avoid getting lawyers who are more interested in money than representing you in court. See if they ask about their payment first, before even asking you about any information about your case. Check if they are willing to take your case through a contingency fee or not.

Another thing to think about is whether that personal injury lawyer has, for the most part, represented insurance companies rather than the victims or the injured claimants. As not all personal injury attorneys and cases are the same, you might end up with the wrong lawyer who is more experience defending the other party in court.

Ask your lawyer about their thoughts on you accepting a lower settlement or even not accepting a fair settlement and pushing for a trial. It is important to know if they are willing to honor your wishes, whatever that may be, and will accept them without any question.

Searching for the right personal injury lawyer can seem intimidating at first, but you will get used to it. Do not be afraid to ask questions, since these are vital in helping you determine if who you are getting is the right person to fight for your right in court. Look for a personal injury lawyer who has extensive experience in the field of personal injury law in your state. Find someone who is happy and very much willing to represent you in court, and most especially you are agreeable with in order to build trust.

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Bicycle Accidents

Posted by on May 7, 2013 in Bicycle Injuries | 0 comments

Bicycle Accidents

When accidents involving an automobile and bicycle happen, it is usually the bicycle rider who sustains the heaviest injuries. This is mainly because of the minimal protection enjoyed by the cyclist. Bicycle accidents annually account for tens of thousands of injuries and hundreds of fatalities. Because most automobile drivers give little to no attention to bicycles, bicycles accidents are typically the fault of the driver. When such accidents happen and injuries are incurred, contacting personal injury attorneys can help you in determining the extent of the injury and how much compensation you may be entitled to receive.

Injuries from an accident involving a bicycle and car can be severe. Cars have solid framing, seat belts, and other safety measures that can prevent the driver and other passengers from suffering serious injuries, whereas bicycle drivers only have, at best, helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads for protection against any impact from other vehicles. Injuries from a bicycle accident can include:

  1. Broken bones
  2. Crushed teeth
  3. Cuts, scars, abrasions
  4. Brain and closed head injuries
  5. Back and spinal cord injuries
  6. Coma

Despite the growing awareness of the importance of sharing the road with cyclists, accidents still occur, and they often lead to serious injuries. Minor injuries can be handled easily, and can heal relatively quickly. However, serious injuries may require further treatment, and quite often these treatments can be time-intensive and expensive. This can make an already damaging accident particularly hard on a cyclist.

When the cause of the accident and the subsequent injuries are due to the negligence or careless driving of another person, then you are entitled to pursue compensation for your injuries. To understand more about your rights under the law in this difficult situation, you should consider speaking with a qualified legal professional about your case.

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