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How Is a Settlement Calculated in a Car Accident Case?

On average, car accident victims in the U.S. who file a lawsuit receive $19,000. However, the average settlement amount doesn't tell you much about what you can expect to receive for your case or situation. The "typical" amount can't be used to indicate the compensation you will receive for your case or situation. If you are in a situation where you are filing a personal injury lawsuit after a car accident, you likely have a few questions. Some of the most common include: How is a settlement calculated in a car accident case? How to determine compensation in a car accident case? How is insurance compensation calculated after a car accident? If you have questions like these, keep reading. Here you can learn more about th[...]

Can I Sue for a Concussion?

A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury or TBI that happens after you experience a blow to the head; however, it can also occur if your head or upper body is shaken violently. Unfortunately, concussions aren’t uncommon. While people often relate cases of concussion to sports like football, they can also be caused during a fall or car accident. Usually, a concussion does not cause a loss of consciousness. Symptoms of concussion include the inability to concentrate, headaches, poor judgment, memory impairment, and the loss of coordination or balance. If you are involved in an accident that causes a concussion, you may wonder – Can I sue for a concussion? After being involved in an accident, you may be able to make a pers[...]

Can You Sue If You Get Burned at Work?

Workplace accidents happen, and when they do, you may wonder when you can sue if you get burned at work. These thoughts are understandable, particularly when you are undergoing medical treatments and need time off to recuperate from your injury. Rising expenses and loss of wages can soon become worrisome and stressful, and you need to know your rights and what your options are when it comes to recovering expenses and damages. Can You Sue if You Get Burned at Work? If a burn injury occurs while you are at work, you may be required to file a workers’ compensation claim first. If not, suing your employer or a negligent third party is a potential option, depending upon the circumstances surrounding the accident. If you work for an em[...]

Can You Get Punitive Damages in a Car Accident Case?

If you have been injured in a car accident in Texas because of another driver’s negligence or carelessness, you may be entitled to several kinds of damages. Texas law allows you to recover damages to compensate for losses like medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. In cases involving particularly bad conduct by someone else involved in the accident, you may be able to recover additional damages that do not compensate you for any loss. Instead, the purpose of this type of damages, known as “punitive damages” or “exemplary damages,” is to punish the defendant or to make an example of them because of their bad behavior. To recover punitive damages in a car crash case in Texas, you would have to show that a defendant ac[...]

How Many Children Are Injured by Toppling Furniture?

Something many parents do not consider once their children start crawling, walking and climbing is that the children could suffer injuries when furniture falls on top of them. It often does not cross a parent's mind because they assume that since the furniture is heavier than the child, this means the child can’t move it. Sadly, though, injuries caused by overturned furniture are not terribly uncommon. Just how many children are injured from toppling furniture? According to studies, quite a few, especially children under six years of age. How Many Children Are Injured by Falling Furniture? According to a study by the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital as cited by The Washington Post, a child r[...]

What To Do When a UPS Truck Hits My Car

What To Do If a UPS Truck Hits Your Car Car Accidents Are Always Stressful The sight of a UPS truck may bring a smile to your face. If it’s heading to your house it means that your delivery is imminent. Even if you just spot one on the road, someone is likely getting something they have ordered. That’s good news, right? Unfortunately, deliveries do not always go smoothly, and, as with most motor vehicles, sometimes accidents happen. While car accidents, in general, are upsetting, getting hit by a truck is particularly traumatizing. We have all seen the brown and yellow UPS trucks on the roads and know that they are considerably larger than our personal vehicles. The impact from accidents with a UPS truck is considerable - [...]

Can You Sue For Child Support Years Later?

Child Support Is Important Not All Parents Are Responsible Parents Raising children is never easy. It’s an emotional and often costly endeavor. Expenses for food, housing, clothing and care certainly add up. What’s more, raising children after a divorce can be especially challenging. What was once a combined effort is now fractured. All of a sudden you are faced with custody and visitation issues -- and questions about child support. While courts determine the appropriate amount of child support based on a host of factors, life does not always proceed as planned. Just because a judge orders something to happen, this does not mean it actually will. Not every parent is a responsible parent. In many instances, child support is n[...]

Does Collaborative Divorce Work?

Divorce is an emotionally stressful experience for spouses who want to end their marriage, but sometimes it can be a process where the stress is minimal. When both spouses can get along well enough to cooperate with each other, they can benefit from engaging in a collaborative divorce. A collaborative divorce is one where the spouses are able to negotiate the terms of the settlement, child custody agreements, and spousal support without getting overly upset or seeking to hurt the other spouse during the divorce process. It's a wise idea to retain a divorce lawyer even when both spouses are congenial about ending their marriage. A divorce lawyer provides guidance for their client and makes sure that their client's interests are protected [...]

How to Get Sole Custody in Texas

When a loving family member discovers the other parent is not acting in their child’s best interest, that can be a heart-wrenching moment. But that’s also the time to take action and protect your innocent child and prevent any physical or emotional harm from occurring. As an experienced child custody law firm, we know that how to file for sole custody in Texas is not particularly difficult. But winning a sole custody case requires determination and family court experience. If you are considering how to get full custody of a child in Texas, this is what you need to know. What is Sole Custody? When a parent assumes sole custody of a child, they possess exclusive rights. The sole custody designation generally means that one parent en[...]

What is Considered an Asset in Divorce?

When a marriage ends, many questions need to be answered, including "what is considered an asset in divorce?" A general rule for determining what are considered assets in a divorce settlement is any property of value purchased during the marriage. Some assets are safe from divorce; but otherwise, a majority of assets acquired during the marriage are considered community property by the state of Texas and owned equally by both spouses. The division of assets during a divorce is usually 50/50, but some circumstances can result in an unequal division. Here's a look at what is considered an asset in a divorce: What Are Considered Assets in a Divorce Settlement? A married couple is considered to be joint owners of any property of value that [...]

How to List Assets for Divorce

Even an amicable divorce can be a complex matter if a couple has accumulated a lot of assets during their marriage. As you begin the process of dividing these assets, you may have several questions about which assets should be included in the division and which ones are off the table. Many divorcing couples ask, “How do I prepare my assets for divorce?” A qualified and experienced divorce attorney can help you to list your assets and get everything you’re due, but there are a few tips you should know going into the process. What Assets Should Be Included in a Divorce? Let’s start by defining what counts as an “asset.” For the purposes of the division of property, an asset is any item that can be converted into cash, w[...]

How Do You Determine Who Is at Fault in a Car Accident?

If you or someone you love has been involved in a car accident, you are not alone. In fact, in Texas in 2020 over 200,000 people were injured in auto accidents. Many of these situations resulted in insurance and/or legal claims. In these cases, determining fault was critical. If you have been in a car accident in the past, you know that determining who was at fault is not always easy to do. While in some circumstances, the answer to the question “who was at fault” is obvious; in many other instances, things are not so clear. In fact, quite often fault is heavily disputed, especially because insurance company payouts and lawsuit decisions rely on this information. If you or a loved one has recently been in an automobile acci[...]

What to Do When Your Spouse is Spying on You

Whether you know your relationship is on rocky ground or not, you may find yourself asking what to do when your spouse is spying on you. While no one likes to think it will get to this level, all too often it does, and you may feel threatened or angry that your privacy is being disrespected in this way. There can be numerous reasons for your spouse’s spying. He or she may not trust you and be looking for a reason to confront you or to justify his or her own actions. If you’re going through a divorce or a child custody battle, your spouse may be seeking information to use against you. These days, spying on a spouse is not uncommon and may include the hiring of an investigator or someone else to keep tabs on you. Understanding what [...]

What Is the Average Settlement for a Motorcycle Accident?

It’s very likely that if you’re involved in a motorcycle accident, you’ll suffer some kind of injury. You may decide to work toward a quick settlement to get your life back on track. How much will you receive? What is the average settlement for a motorcycle accident? The ability of an experienced motorcycle accident lawyer can mean the difference between a cheap, quick settlement and one that compensates victims fairly and substantially. To learn about the average settlement, you first need to understand what factors go into determining how much compensation a motorcycle accident victim can receive in Texas. We know that motorcycle accidents are very dangerous. In 2019, there were 975 injuries for every 100,000 registered bikes, ac[...]

What is the Most Common Child Custody Arrangement?

While joint custody is the most common arrangement for divorcing parents with children, our child custody lawyer can help you determine if this is the best arrangement for you. Everyone wants what is best for their child, but, unfortunately, when divorce enters the picture, parents may wind up warring over custody issues. While joint custody is most common, and courts are trending toward giving parents 50/50 time with their children, sole custody and primary physical custody are also possible custody arrangements, and conflicts over which arrangement is best can lead to a contentious court battle that is damaging to all parties. Ideally, couples who are divorcing should be able to negotiate and come to an agreement as to custody and [...]

How Do You Prove Wrongful Death?

Proving wrongful death means showing that another party’s neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or fault was the cause of the death. Losing a loved one is always a devastating experience, but when the death was caused by someone’s negligence, normal grief may be compounded by anger and the desire to punish the wrongdoer. In addition, after the death, survivors may be left without income or support at a time they are facing medical bills and funeral costs. While money can never replace a loved one, if you have lost a family member due to another party’s negligence or fault, you may be entitled to compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. A settlement award can ease your financial burdens and help your family function, pay [...]

Does Adultery Affect Divorce in TX?

If your spouse cheated on you, you may want to know does adultery affect divorce in TX. Most states in the United States do not require you to give a specific reason to file for divorce. Many people file saying simply that there are "irreconcilable differences," which could mean almost anything, from differences in eating habits to differences in religion. However, in Texas, adultery can have a major impact on divorce proceedings. If one party can prove that the other is committing adultery, the judge may take that into account when considering property division and alimony. In Texas, you are allowed to file for a no-fault divorce. Many people might choose to have a no-fault divorce even if the other party is cheating, simply because a n[...]

Can You Sue for Lower Back Injuries in Car Accidents?

Have you been in a car accident and are confused about what to do next? Most people are worried about the cost of medical treatment and may hesitate to make decisions early on in a case because they are waiting to see what happens next. When it comes to possible back injuries, you should never wait. It is possible you can sue for lower back injuries in a car accident, but there are several steps you need to take first. You should seek medical care as soon as possible after any accident, because you may not realize you are injured at first. You may be in shock, or you might have so much adrenaline from the accident that you don't feel the pain yet. See a doctor so you can describe the impact and get the help you need right away. Even if [...]

How Much Compensation Do You Get for a Burn Injury?

Burn injuries can be incredibly severe and are immensely painful, and the costs associated with them may be considerable. If you have suffered burn injuries that occurred due to the negligence or recklessness of another person or organization, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Texas burn injury attorney today to learn more about your options as well as what type of award you can expect to receive. The Road to Compensation Filing a Burn Injury Lawsuit Unfortunately, burn injuries are common around the world, in the United States, and in Texas. Every year, fire, chemicals, electricity, and catastrophic events cause hundreds of thousands of individuals to suffer burn injuries. Burns can be caused by certain products[...]

Can You Change A Custody Agreement Without Going to Court?

If you are divorced or legally separated and have children with your ex, you likely have a court-approved custody agreement. But if you want it changed, you may want to know, can you change a custody agreement without going to court? The custody document specifically states the time your children will spend with you and your spouse, including holidays and weekends. It is required by law that both parents abide by the terms of the agreement, as it was created in the best interests of your child/children. That said, we all know that “life happens” and circumstances do not always remain the same. Over time, a variety of factors may contribute to the need to change your custody agreement. When this happens, you may wonder if you can[...]