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How pain and suffering are calculated after a wreck

Many accident victims wonder just how their pain and suffering damages are calculated after they get injured in a wreck with another at-fault motorist. To be sure, it is a complex matter that few lay persons without legal training should undertake, lest their claims be woefully underpaid or outright denied.

To place a dollar value on your pain and suffering requires contemplation of your general damages as opposed to the special damages you are seeking.

Been in a car accident? Follow these insurance claim tips

A car accident will turn your world upside down, with you immediately realizing that you're being pulled in many different directions. While your health is top priority, you should also find time to file an insurance claim.

Here are five insurance claim tips you can follow to ease the stress typically associated with this process:

  • Don't hesitate: You may not be able to call your agent within five minutes of your accident, but do so as quickly as you can. If your health prohibits you from doing so, ask a friend or family member to step in and assist.
  • Review your policy: Don't assume that you can trust your insurance agent to provide you with guidance and advice. They're working in their best interest, so you need to review your policy to ensure that you understand your coverage. And don't forget that your car insurance policy is a contract, meaning your insurance company is legally required to provide coverage based on the terms and conditions.
  • Take notes of all conversations: Every time you speak with your agent or another insurance company representative, write down whom you spoke with, the date and time and what you discussed.
  • Keep receipts and medical bills: Any receipt associated with a loss that stems from the accident is one that you need to keep. A common example is a rental car agreement. The same holds true of all medical bills, ranging from doctor bills to those for physical therapy.
  • Don't give in: Your insurance company wants to push you around. They want to make you think that their first offer is as good as it gets. Don't give in by letting your agent run the show. You have a policy and legal rights. Stick to your plan so that you receive all the compensation you deserve.

Helpful holiday custody tips for divorced parents

Divorced Maryland parents often struggle with custody exchanges during the winter holidays. In fact, it can be enough to turn even cheery souls into absolute Grinches as they argue over who will get to spend the majority of the holidays with the kids.

Whether your family celebrates Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, the following tips may be helpful in resolving your custody battles this holiday season.

How social media impacts your personal injury claim

Car accidents are extremely dangerous affairs. A Maryland police officer sustained injuries after a four-car crash occurred in Calvert County on October 10th. 

After any kind of traumatic event, it is natural that you will want to share everything on social media. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram allow you to stay in touch with friends and family and let them know about everything. However, social media does not exist in a vacuum. It can come into play during your personal injury claim, so you need to be careful about what you post. 

Proving negligence for a personal injury claim

A successful personal injury claim can help to provide financial and emotional peace after a serious accident. However, there are certain elements the claim must include in order to obtain a favorable verdict.

One of the most essential aspects of a personal injury claim is the proof of negligence. Claimants should be aware of a few key facts regarding this claim aspect.

Is it possible to prove a driver was on the phone during a crash?

Many Americans cannot go more than a few minutes without checking their smartphones. According to research, Americans between the ages of 18 and 24 send well over 2,000 texts a month, which comes out to 67 texts every day. 

Although laws are in place to make people stop texting behind the wheel, plenty of Maryland residents continue to put themselves and others in dangers. You may suspect the driver responsible for your recent car accident texted while driving, and now you have serious injuries. No one would ever admit to texting behind the wheel, but there may be a way for you to prove it to bolster your case. 

Helping your child cope with the impact of divorce

The impact of divorce on all parties involved is literally life changing. For a child, that may not be easy to process.

Therefore, both during and after the divorce, proper parental support is crucial. There are a few key things you can do to help your child cope with the impact of your marriage ending.

4 places spouses hide assets before a divorce

Even though some spouses stay married forever, many marriages end in divorce. While the divorce rate has dropped in recent years, marriages end every day. If you are thinking about divorcing your spouse or suspect your partner has the same idea, you must think about receiving your fair share of marital property. 

Unfortunately, getting your due may be more difficult than you think. That is, your spouse may hide assets. Put simply, if you do not know wealth exists, you probably cannot pursue an ownership interest in it. While keeping track of finances is an effective strategy, spouses occasionally hide assets. Here are four places your spouse may stow wealth until after your divorce: 

Do you need a forensic accountant on your divorce team?

When you have considerable assets, you have a lot to lose in a divorce, and in some cases, Maryland residents who were in high-asset marriages take extra steps to make sure they get everything owed to them amidst the split. Increasingly, one or both parties navigating their way through a divorce are hiring forensic accountants, which are essentially accounting professionals that have special additional skills, to help make fair and equitable asset division a reality.

Just what types of matters might a forensic accountant be able to assist you with as you work your way through a divorce?

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