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What are the different types of damages for car accident victims?

When a victim has been unexpectedly injured in a car accident by a negligent driver, it is important for them to take note that they can receive help with their physical, financial and emotional damages through a personal injury claim for damages. A personal injury claim for damages can help injured victims recover compensation to help them with their medical expenses, lost wages and other damages.

A negligent driver may be liable to compensate the victim for the harm they caused them in a motor vehicle accident. Damages that may be available include medical expenses. Compensation for medical expenses can include compensation for medical bills and future medical care costs as needed. In addition, compensation may be available for permanent disability if the car accident leaves the victim permanently disabled. Damages for disfigurement may also be available.

Warning signs of a hidden asset problem

When you decided to go your separate ways, no matter how long you've been married, you likely understood that your decision would prompt changes in your life. Divorce often has a significant impact on finances, and if you have children, you no doubt want to make sure that you have all you need to provide for them.

Since Maryland, like most states, operates under equitable property regulations in divorce, it doesn't guarantee that the judge will split your marital assets 50/50. However, all family law judges must be fair when they determine who gets what and who will be responsible for debt that accrued during marriage. What if your spouse tries to hide assets?

Help for car accident victims with soft tissue injuries

The unfortunate reality is that soft tissue injuries are not an uncommon type of injury in a car accident. Soft tissue injuries are known to be worse than they immediately seem and can worsen over time which is why it is important for car accident victims to be familiar with personal injury legal protections that can help with the medical expenses and lost time away from work associated with soft tissue injuries.

Soft tissue injuries refer to injuries that impact the ligaments, tendons and muscles of the body which are known as the soft areas of the body. Specific soft tissue injuries can include sprains, strains and contusions.

How property division is handled in Maryland

Property division is likely near the top of the list of concerns divorcing couples in Maryland may have. It is important for divorcing couples to be familiar with how property division is handled in Maryland during divorce so they know what to expect and can protect their interests.

Property division during divorce is conducted in Maryland according to equitable property division rules. For the divorcing couple, this means that the family law court will seek to develop a property division settlement agreement that is as fair as possible to each of the divorcing spouses. This may not mean that marital property is divided in half between the couple, but it will be divided as fairly as possible between the spouses.

Even one drink could lead to a motor vehicle accident

People in Towson may already be aware that drunk driving is dangerous. However, they may underestimate just how significant an effect alcohol has on a person's body. In fact, even one or two drinks could impair drivers to the point that they could cause a motor vehicle accident.

For example, a person who consumes only one or two drinks may have a blood alcohol concentration of 0.02%. This is well below the legal limit of 0.08%. However, with a BAC of 0.02%, a motorist may find that they have a hard time tracking moving objects, such as other vehicles on the road or pedestrians. A person with a BAC of 0.02% may also find that it is hard for them to divide their attention between two tasks, an ability that is also necessary to drive safely.

How do Maryland courts address child custody issues?

Not every marriage in Maryland is meant to last. When parents in Maryland decide to divorce, one of their primary concerns may be child custody and visitation. Maryland courts have a process that is followed when it comes to making child custody decisions. It is important that parents understand this process, so they can protect their rights.

The first step in a child custody case is the scheduling conference. The couple will meet with one another at the courthouse. A judge will assist the couple in identifying which issues are being contested. The judge may refer the couple to undergo mediation and the couple may need to attend a co-parenting course. The scheduling conference will also outline what deadlines will be followed in the child custody case.

Let's talk about the financial aspects of a Maryland divorce

In some ways, you know you'll always love your spouse even though you no longer want to stay married. You have children together, and you shared many memories through the years in your Maryland home. You understand that your relationship wasn't able to withstand certain pressures and you're ready to negotiate a fair and agreeable settlement, and move on in life.

It's understandable if you're concerned about finances. After living together for so many years and operating as a single household, you and your kids are accustomed to a certain lifestyle, and you're a bit worried you won't be able to maintain that when you're on your own. The good news is that there are numerous ways to protect your finances in a divorce.

Domestic violence can have life-long effects

When people in Maryland think of domestic abuse, they may envision physical violence. However, domestic abuse can be financial, emotional or physical in nature. Any type of domestic abuse can deeply scar a person for the rest of his or her life. Domestic violence can occur not just between spouses, but between parents and children, between family members living together and between two people who once had a romantic relationship but are no longer together.

If a person is being subjected to domestic violence or to the threat of violence, there are steps they can take to protect themselves. One step they can take is to pursue a restraining order that will prevent the abuser from contacting them or coming near them. Civil assault and battery actions may also be possible, depending on the situation. In the end, it is important that victims of domestic violence are safe from their abusers, and that those who abuse others are held accountable for the harm they inflicted on the victims.

Drunk driving leads to far too many motor vehicle accidents

Some people in Maryland may think nothing of getting behind the wheel of a car after having a few beers or cocktails. But, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, each day in 2017 30 people across the nation lost their lives in drunk driving accidents. While the trend of fatal drunk driving crashes has been declining over the last 30 years, drunk driving is still a serious issue in our nation.

It is important for all motorists to understand how a couple of drinks could affect their driving abilities, leading to a motor vehicle accident. While most people understand that having a blood-alcohol concentration at 0.08 percent or above can seriously impair a person's ability to drive, a BAC of 0.05 percent -- which is below the legal limit -- can negatively affect a motorist's coordination, ability to track moving objects, steer the vehicle and respond to an emergency driving situation. Even a BAC of 0.02 percent can lead to a decline in a motorist's ability to track moving objects and a decline in their ability to divide their attention between two tasks.

What may Maryland couples do with the family home in a divorce?

The family home it is often one of the most valuable assets a couple in Maryland owns. When it comes to property division in a divorce, what happens to the family home is very important, as it could significantly affect a person for years to come.

Sometimes, one party will keep the family home and buy out the other spouse's share in the home or exchange it for equitable assets in the divorce. If this happens, the party keeping the home should make sure they have the financial resources to buy out their ex's share in the home and refinance the home in their name only. In addition, the party keeping the home will want to make sure they can afford homeownership now that they are on a single income. For example, there may be a mortgage to pay, upkeep costs, property taxes and homeowners insurance. Owning a home can be very expensive and it is not something everyone can handle on their own.

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