Why You May Need a Personal Injury Lawyer

Whether we’re watching television or happen to glance on a billboard on the side of the road, personal injury attorneys are constantly advertising their services to us.

But how many of us actually understand what personal injury is? It is one of the broadest areas of the law and many different issues fall under its umbrella. After watching another personal injury commercial the other day, I decided to research more about the different aspects of personal injury law.

What is Personal Injury?

First, I should define what personal injury law is first. Personal injury is a legal term, defined as an injury to the mind, body, or emotions — anything personal, except for property. As you can likely tell, there is a wide range of different situations in which someone may suffer a personal injury. I’ll delve into some of those situations below.

Car Accidents. Car accidents are the source of the most personal injury cases in America. As you can imagine, individuals suffer personal injury after a car accident — not only of their body but their mental health, too. In a car accident case, you will likely be attempting to get the negligent party (usually the other driver) to provide compensation for medical bills and your pain and suffering that resulted from the accident. This compensation most always comes in the form of a settlement.

Slip and Fall. If you are in a building and are injured due to a hazard on the property, you may qualify for financial compensation. Property owners have a duty of care to keep their property safe for visitors, and your injury may prove that they did not follow through with their obligation.

Dog Bites. Individuals who have been attacked by a dog likely are suffering from not only injuries but mental trauma as well. A personal injury attorney can help you get compensation for your medical bills as well for any other trauma you endured.

Medical Malpractice. We trust our doctors to always treat us in the best way possible, but unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. Doctors have an obligation to take care of their patients in the best way possible, but sometimes their treatment can lead the patient to experience extreme emotional and physical pain. Patients who are victims of medical malpractice are entitled to financial compensation for their suffering.

Of course, these are NOT the only personal injury cases out there — I just tried to represent the ones I thought were the most common. If you believe that you have a personal injury case on your hands, make sure to reach out to an experienced attorney.

An attorney like the ones working at Evans Moore, LLC will let you know if you have a case and what damages you may be able to recover. I would recommend writing down your situation so that you remember exactly what happened so that your attorney is better able to serve you and help you through a tough time.

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An Extreme Child Support Case

I am very interested in family law issues because this type of law covers an area where things can get personal and emotional. This is because family law matters have immediate and direct effects on the parties involved. I decided to do a little research into a specific area of family law, child support so that I could expand my knowledge of this area of law.

At the beginning of my research, I came across a helpful article by the Law Offices of Baden V. Mansfield that explained child support. The article defined child support as a support obligation owed on behalf of a child. Basically, child support is standard practice in divorces, and it is a type of financial award that is paid by one former spouse to the other former spouse to ensure that the children of the marriage are receiving proper care. Child support payments vary based on a wide range of circumstances. Because of this, I did a little research to find some particularly extreme circumstances that affected child support issues.

I read a story about a husband that was a real-estate developer and a multi-billionaire. In court, the wife claimed that the husband had not paid child support for his two children for a period of about 15 years. Basically, the wife and the children went to the court seeking retroactive child support from the husband. As part of the wife’s case, she claimed that she had formed several contracts with the husband that defined child support obligations and how the payments would increase from month-to-month. The wife said that she agreed to these contracts because the husband promised to have a relationship with the children and that he would provide for them throughout his lifetime in accordance with his wealth. Despite these claimed contractual terms, later in their lives, the children approached the husband while in a restaurant and he ignored them.

The husband said that over the course of the approximately 15-year-period, he had paid over $3 million in child support to the children. He also claimed that the wife always knew what his intended relationship with the children would be, namely that he never meant to parent the two children.

The wife also claimed that the husband told her that he was spending between $3 million and $5 million per month on personal expenses during the relevant period. Based on this calculation, the wife sought child support of $400k per child in retroactive support for the 15-year period. She claimed that even though the children had enough money to survive, they were entitled to their father’s standard of living. Apparently, this standard of living included a Sun Valley ranch, two California homes, a yacht, and private jets.

The case went to trial, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of the husband. Therefore, he had no further child support obligations to the children. There are some truly extreme cases of child support out there. But even the most extreme cases of child support share the basic elements of the financial obligation as described in this helpful article.

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Obtaining Long-Term Disability Benefits

In Alaska, a debilitating injury can have far-reaching consequences. If you’re disabled by your injury, you won’t be able to work, and your day to day routine will likely change dramatically. In order to maintain a comfortable life in a situation like this, a steady and reliable source of income is essential. Long-term disability benefits can mean the difference between a steady recovery after your injury and an injury that prevents you from bringing in income for years.

Luckily for victims of a long-term disability, the Alaska long-term disability program is among the best in the country. The approval rates for benefits are much higher, and the waiting period before receiving those benefits is appreciably less than in other states. This means that the stress surrounding a long-term injury is much less serious in Alaska.

However, there are still many steps to take to ensure that you receive disability. Comprehensive medical records are a must. You must demonstrate and document your disability, the treatment that you’ve already undergone, and your previous salary so that the board reviewing your case can decide what compensation to award you while on Social Security disability. Demonstrating your need here is very important, and you must leave no stone unturned in your collection of records and documentation of your illness. This step is the end of the road for many people- 44% of disability applicants are approved at this stage in Alaska.

Furthermore, even though Alaska’s approval rate is much higher than the national average, the majority of disability applicants are still going to be left out in the cold. Of course, not every deserving person has their application approved, and many disabled people fall through the cracks in this initial stage, due to insufficient records or bad luck. If you’re one of these people, the state has an appeals process that you can go through if you feel like you were unjustly turned down. The first step in this process is a disability hearing, where you explain to a judge directly what your disability is and why it prevents you from working. The judge will then review your case and make a decision in around a month. This stage of the application process has a much lower approval rate than the initial step, with an approval rate of under 25 percent.

If you’re rejected again at the disability hearing, there are still further steps that you can take in the appeals process to secure long-term disability. You could send your case to an appeals council, or file suit in the District Court of Alaska. These steps have a much lower success rate than the previous two stages of the application process, and retaining an experienced legal team is essential to have a chance in this much more demanding environment.

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What to Expect During a Foreclosure

When a person has filed for bankruptcy, an automatic stay will immediately be effective, regardless of whether it is a Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy. The effects of the automatic stay will be for all the creditors and this one-page document will be sent to them to inform them of your state of bankruptcy and to instruct them that they are no longer allowed to require payment from you. An automatic stay is very important in three situations: (1) being subjected to a lawsuit or foreclosure Sheriff’s sale date, (2) if your bank account is set to be seized, and if you’re garnished.

It will be your attorney’s duty to produce an automatic stay and send them to all of your creditors informing them of your bankruptcy. Any attempt of collecting any payment from you after they have received the automatic stay they hold them in contempt and possibly be fined by the federal Bankruptcy Court. In fact, any action that the creditors will do that may be a direct violation of the automatic stop will make them liable for contempt. Filing for bankruptcy not only stops the collection of payment from the creditors, it also prevents any further harassment from them. If the creditors still want to pursue you for your debts, they can file a motion that can get around the automatic stay that protects you during the bankruptcy case and proceedings. This is especially true during Chapter 13 bankruptcy, where you are still required to give payment to your creditor and you are not giving the required amount as agreed in the repayment plan.

In order to ensure that you are protected during and after your bankruptcy case, consider hiring a bankruptcy attorney in your area. This will protect your rights and guarantee that your case is properly filed and the automatic stay is effectively given to all your creditors to prevent them from collecting any payment from you. It is a very important document to have when you filed for any type of bankruptcy.

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What You Should Know When Working With A Lawyer

Selecting a lawyer is not always easy. Many people find themselves confused as to what type of lawyer to choose for the issues they are facing. Each legal dilemma that occurs is not the same as the next one, and you need the right lawyer who has the experience for your situation. Continue reading to learn what you need to know. Make sure to find out who all will be involved with helping to work on your case. What sort of experience do they have? Some may have years of experience, whereas others may be fresh out of law school. How much time is your lawyer anticipating on devoting to your case? If you have been accused in a major crime, you need to find a lawyer immediately. Don’t try to handle it yourself, since you may be put in a position where the law may be broken. Good lawyers contain adequate experience for handling your situation. You have a right to expect clear, consistent communication with your lawyer. He or she should be able to give you a general summery of what you can expect in terms of your case, as well as what potential issues might arise and what could be done to remedy these issues. When you are describing the situation that you are in to your lawyer, refrain from lying. You should be telling them the truth at all times, as this could backfire if you are questioned on the stand and your lawyer does not have all information available. Honesty is the best policy, especially in regards to legal issues. While this article previously mentioned that choosing a lawyer is not always easy, you should know understand that a little knowledge about lawyers does make it easier. You may find yourself needing a lawyer more than once in life, and that can mean that you may need to use several different lawyers. Each will help you to get through any tough times.

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