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You don't have to deal with the insurance company alone

It takes only a few seconds for an accident to change your life. It may take you a significant amount of time to achieve a full recovery, if that's even possible.

In the meantime, you incur medical bills, lose income from work and sustain other financial losses. After loyally paying premiums to your insurance company, you expect some loyalty in return by receiving a fair settlement of your claim. Unfortunately, like other insurance companies, the ones involved in your claim are in the business of making money. This means that the insurance company or companies will attempt to settle your claim for as little as possible.

A distracted truck driver is a danger to everyone

Without truck drivers, grocery store and department store shelves would probably remain empty. Every day, thousands of trucks travel the highways and byways here in Florida and throughout the country delivering goods to fill those shelves. Anyone who has ever driven across the country knows how boring these trips can be.

What do truck drivers do all day while they drive? Hopefully, they are focusing on the traffic and the road, but that isn't always the case. Distracted truck drivers present a serious, and often fatal, danger to everyone.

Who pays for damages suffered in a commercial truck accident?

It was a typical day. You were driving yourself to work on your normal route when, all of a sudden, you were in an accident with a commercial truck. The injuries you suffered were severe, and you really don't even remember much about the crash. You just know that now your life is not the same as it once was, and you are unsure of what the future will bring.

In Florida and elsewhere, accidents involving semitrailers or other commercial vehicles happen all too often. When they do, the victims of these collisions either experience life-changing injuries or they end up losing their lives completely. Who is to blame for these accidents, and who covers the damages suffered by victims or their surviving family members?

A brain injury really is a family affair

If you have a loved one who has experienced significant head trauma, you know that the injury did not just affect him or her. A brain injury really is a family affair. Florida residents who find themselves caring for a loved one with a head injury that resulted from the negligent actions of another person may have the right to seek compensation for their losses.

Brain injuries affect everyone differently. There is no saying how well one will recover. Those who experience severe injuries may never fully recover and will find themselves dependent on their family or paid caregivers for the rest of their lives. How can this type of injury change family life?

5 keys to a strong prenuptial agreement

Do you assume that you don't really need a prenuptial agreement because you are not wealthy or have significant assets? This is a common misconception, but in reality, many Florida couples could benefit from the protections provided by a prenuptial agreement. You do not have to be rich or famous to find this step both practical and smart.

If you have decided that a prenuptial agreement is in your best interests, it is also smart to ensure that you have the right elements included. With help and guidance, you can draft an agreement that actually protects your interests and gives you peace of mind regarding your financial future.

Pedestrian injuries are no walk in the park

Every year, about 5,000 pedestrians pass away as a result of car accidents per the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. On that same note, around 76,000 pedestrians were injured in 2012 due to being struck by automobiles.

Pedestrian accidents all across the state of Florida can instantly cause injuries that result in long-lasting problems. Fortunately, if you suffered harm as a result of a carelessness driver, you have the right to seek justice.

The real cost of a DUI

A drunk driving charge could have a significant impact on your life in various ways, including your freedom and future interests. There are many consequences for a conviction for drunk driving, but they could reach far beyond just a loss of your license or expensive fines. Even first-time offenders may end up serving time behind bars.

Fortunately, a conviction is never your only option when faced with DUI. You have the right to fight back, which could help you avoid some of the consequences of this type of crime. With a strong defense, you may be able to mitigate the threat of losing your personal freedom.

The financial considerations of divorce

You are finally ready to accept that your marriage isn't working, now what? There are many things to consider, and financial questions are definitely at the top of the list. What property will be subject to division? Will you owe or receive any payments after the breakup? Are there retirement issues that will ensue?

With a myriad of potential financial aspects that can come into play during your divorce, taking advantage of the many resources available to you could prove vital to your financial future.

A headache can be a sign of severe injury

You've likely had a headache at some point in your life. If you happen to be one of many Florida residents who suffer chronic stress or migraine headaches, you know how absolutely debilitating such conditions can be. Perhaps you're one of the lucky ones, however, who can hardly recall a time when you've felt head discomfort. Maybe that's why you got the feeling something was not right when a week or so passed after your car accident and your head was still hurting.

When you're not a person who is used to head pain, any discomfort to that area of your body or injury that may affect your brain may be more easily noticed since you suddenly experience pain where there usually is none. Not all brain injury symptoms are immediately apparent, however. That's why many emergency room doctors fail to diagnose this type of injury the first time around.

Your brain just doesn't work the same way after a TBI

One of the most unpredictable injuries that can result from a car accident is a traumatic brain injury. A TBI can affect any number of brain functions. You may be able to work around some of them, but others could cause you to be unable to work or relate to your loved ones and friends in the same way you did before the accident.

If your injury resulted from the negligence of someone else, you are entitled to compensation to help with your financial and medical needs. As part of a personal injury claim, it's helpful to understand the debilitating issues you have so you can explain it to the court.