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Catastrophic injuries in a car wreck cause lifelong impacts

Life after a serious car wreck is likely going to be very different than your life before it. This is challenging for most people because they will crave their old life. In some cases, you might be able to slowly work toward the goal of getting it back; however, life for people who suffered a catastrophic injury might not ever return to normal. We realize that this is devastating for the victims.

A catastrophic injury is one like a traumatic brain or spinal cord injury. These injuries can lead to permanent effects that drastically change your life, but there isn't anything that can get things back to how they were before. Your life might become a series of doctor visits and therapies. On top of this, you might have considerable pain.

Estate planning when there are special needs children

Estate planning in Athens is not an easy task, especially if you have children with special needs. You need to make arrangements to ensure their medical, educational and overall needs are met while you are alive. You should also include provisions to maintain their standard of living after you are pass away. 

It is essential for you to create an estate plan that establishes long-term financial protections for your unique dependents. Before finalizing your plans, consider the following special considerations. 

Estate administration is a very demanding job

When a loved one passes away, you might be the one who is going to handle the estate of that person. If this is the case, you must ensure that you are going to do what the decedent would have wanted. You must also ensure that you are handling things in accordance with the law. This isn't always easy, but you can get it done as long as you understand your duties. We are here to help you with this so that you can ensure you are complying with complex laws.

There are many duties that you will have if you are the administrator of the estate. For starters, you have to find the assets that have to be distributed. You also have to find the heirs. There is a chance that creditors might make a claim on the estate, but they can only touch specific assets. These claims have to be handled in a specific order. Filing the taxes for the estate is another duty that you have to handle.

Semitruck crashes can lead to mental trauma for victims

Wrecks involving semitrucks are often traumatic experiences for the victims. While there is a chance that the person will walk away unscathed, there is also a chance they will suffer from serious mental trauma in these crashes. There are several things you should know if you are involved in a semitruck crash and are concerned that your mental health might be suffering.

You might notice some effects right away. These include having trouble believing the accident occurred, guilt, fear, nervousness and anger. These are all normal reactions to a horrible incident. The key here is that as time progresses, these feeling should begin to fade. They are usually the most intense in the few days immediately following the collision.

Wrongful death lawsuits seek to hold a person accountable

The loss of a loved one is something that is hard to deal with. When the cause of death is because of someone's negligence, the situation goes from bad to worse because you might wonder what you could have to done to prevent the accident from occurring. In most cases, there wasn't anything that you could do to stop it.

We know that it is hard for you to think about the what-ifs. Instead, you have to look toward the future. One thing that might make it easier for you to cope with the situation is finding ways that you can hold the person who caused the crash accountable. One option is to file a wrongful death claim because this is a lawful way for you to do this.

Patient in ambulance, paramedic die in Tennessee crash

The survivors of a woman killed in an ambulance crash on Nov. 30 have filed a wrongful death lawsuit, naming both the ambulance company and the driver.

The woman, 36, was being transported in the ambulance to the hospital on Interstate 40 at Charlotte Pike, Tennessee.

Important estate planning considerations amid divorce

As someone currently going through a Tennessee divorce, you may be experiencing significant changes in your life, and these changes might include finding a new home or adjusting to a new custody arrangement, among others. Figuring out how to move forward with your life after divorce takes considerable time and attention. However, there are also important estate planning implications involved in splitting from your spouse, and taking care of such matters sooner rather than later may help you avoid unnecessary trouble down the line.

So, what types of estate planning-related matters might you need to address amid a divorce?

Can your phone lead to obsession and addiction?

People get addicted to alcohol, they get behind the wheel, and they cause accidents. Others get addicted to painkillers, and they too cause car accidents. Addictive behavior is not just dangerous to the person who is engaging in it, at least not when they can't shake that behavior while they drive. It distracts them and makes them less safe, and that can put other people in the hospital.

But what about a smartphone? Can that cause the same problems? Do people text and drive because they are addicted to their phones?

Know how to handle a compensation claim after a big rig wreck

Broken bones, spinal cord injuries, brain damage and other physical impacts can all result from a semitruck crash. On top of those, victims might have to deal with the emotional trauma that comes with these wrecks. If you were involved in a big rig accident, you might choose to explore your right to seek compensation.

One issue that comes with these cases is that there might be more than one party that can be held accountable for the effects of the crash. We can look into the situation to determine who you might name as defendants. Insurance companies, truckers, trucking companies, big rig component manufacturers and maintenance or service companies are all possibilities.

Drunk driving crashes are traumatic for the victims

During the holidays, adults head out to parties that might include alcohol. When they do this, they must ensure that they have a suitable way home. Nobody who has had a couple of drinks or more should attempt to drive home. Drunk drivers kill far too many people in this country.

An average of 29 people dies each day due to drunk driving wrecks. That equals out to one person dying every 50 minutes, which is atrocious, especially when you realize that every one of these deaths could have been prevented if the impaired driver had simply found another way to their destination.

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