what to be aware of when divorcing your spouse
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what to be aware of when divorcing your spouse

Every marriage is not meant to last forever. No matter what the reasoning behind the divorce, it is important to have legal representation for each side. I almost lost everything because my former spouse said that he was taking care of things and that he would be fair about how the assets were divided. It took several weeks for me to find out what he was up to. It was then that I hired my own attorney and got what I deserved. You should never attempt to go through a divorce without a lawyer working on your side. On my site, I have listed several of the issues that can get overlooked if you are inexperienced with divorce documents and proceedings.


what to be aware of when divorcing your spouse

When An Accident Causes Permanent Damage

Joy Johnson

While many car accidents result in misery, bruises, and discomfort, some accidents cause injuries that are far worse. If you have been hurt so badly in a car accident that you will feel the effects for the rest of your life, you will need to proceed with your personal injury case against the at-fault driver very carefully. The need for excellent legal help cannot be overemphasized because there is too much at stake with permanent injuries to do it yourself. Read on to find out more about permanent injuries and car accidents.

Don't Jump at a Quick Settlement

There is no doubt about it that settlements are a good thing. If you and the insurance company can agree on the right sum of money, you will avoid having to go to court and be paid more quickly. Unfortunately, cases involving permanent injuries are more complicated and it may pay to take more time. The reason for going slow is simple – if you agree to a settlement without knowing the full extent of your injuries and the implications, you will have signed away your ability to be paid what you deserve and need.

Know What is in Store

Your attorney knows how permanent injuries can affect your life in ways that you may not have considered. For example, you might need a settlement that covers things like home alterations to accommodate your disability. Alterations like ramps, wider doorways, raised toilets, lower kitchen cabinets, grab bars, etc. can be very expensive. You should not have to pay those expenses when the other driver had insurance coverage. Other issues to consider are:

  1. Future surgeries
  2. Ongoing physical therapy
  3. Transportation issues (special vans, special aids to allow driving, etc.)
  4. Hard medical goods like wheelchairs.

Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)

The above term is the name for the result of a medical examination that is meant to determine your level of healing. When your condition has stabilized to the point that an estimation of future needs is possible, it may be time to go to the negotiation table. MMI does not mean that you no longer need medical treatment, just that you are stable and doctors are able to predict your future needs.

Social Security Disability

If the accident left you unable to work at your job, you might be qualified for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). While the process for receiving benefits is quite lengthy, the potential to receive monthly benefits should not be disregarded. Fortunately, your personal injury attorney may be able to help you not only with your accident case but with the Social Security Administration when filing and appealing your claim.

Reach out to a personal injury lawyer to learn more.