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When a car accident causes an open fracture

Any type of serious injury could cause you to experience pain, accumulate medical bills and deal with many other difficulties that you may not have imagined. Unfortunately, planning for such an event can prove challenging because of the numerous factors that often cannot be accounted for until the incident occurs. As a result, even if you have a plan for dealing with an injury, you may find it lacking.

If another person caused a car accident that led to your suffering an open fracture — also known as a compound fracture — you may find it useful to consider your legal options for seeking compensation. Open fractures in particular can cause serious complications, and car accidents are among the leading causes of such injuries.

How to recover when you can't steer clear of a drunk driver

There's no telling when a drunk driver will catch you off guard while navigating a busy Florida highway. Even if you are on the lookout and are extremely cautious behind the wheel, you just never know when another car is going to veer into your lane or hit you from behind. In fact, many people who survive drunk driving accidents say they didn't even realize they were at risk until it was too late.

If you survive a collision caused by an intoxicated motorist, you may suffer temporary or permanently disabling injuries. In addition to obtaining any medical care available at the scene and appropriate emergency treatment at a hospital in the immediate aftermath of your injuries, you may also be in for a long recovery period in the weeks or months that follow. Knowing ahead of time what types of resources are available to help you through your recovery may help you avoid stress and expedite the healing process.

Who gets to make decisions for my kids after the divorce?

It is no secret to Florida parents that child custody matters are some of the most complex in a divorce. Parents want to have an active role in the lives of their children, yet even the most amicable of couples may have a hard time addressing the complex legal issues that pertain to their children.

Child custody involves much more than simply deciding where your child will spend most of his or her time. It requires deciding what will be in the best interests of your children, which often means allowing them to have regular access to both parents. Parenting time is an important factor in any custody arrangement, but so is legal custody, which is the authority to make decisions on behalf of the children.

The hazardous scenarios facing Florida's cyclists

While cooler temperatures may be rolling into other parts of the country, we in Florida continue to enjoy the perks of warmer weather -- including cycling. With additional benefits such as avoiding the costs of fuel and skipping out on traffic, along with many others, cycling might even be your preferred means of transportation.

However, with less in the way of protective barriers in this form of travel, you may also have some concerns about your safety. Since bicycles also have less maneuverability than other vehicles, gaining an understanding of the hazards you may face as a cyclist could be essential to preventing a disaster.

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.