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What types of injuries can victims suffer in car accidents?

The nature of the injuries victims of car accidents can suffer can be catastrophic and devastating. Car accidents are the leading cause of injuries and the injuries victims of car accidents can suffer can be lasting so it is important for car accident victims to be familiar with the legal resources available to help them with the damages they have suffered.

Car accident injuries victims can suffer in car accidents include head and brain injuries such as concussions and traumatic brain injuries. Victims can also suffer neck and chest injuries, whiplash and soft tissue injuries. Other injuries that can be suffered in car accidents can include broken bones, scarring disfigurement and disabling injuries. These injuries can result in medical expenses and an inability to work while recovering to pay these expenses.

Signs you may need help with a military divorce

Before you entered the military, perhaps you had no idea of the great divide between civilian life and military life. Civilians obey traffic rules, work rules, education rules and a few other rules depending on their situation. Overall, most civilian laws are simple and seldom noticed. Military rules, on the other hand, stretch for miles, and a recruit worries daily about accidentally breaking rules he or she has never encountered.

If you wish to dissolve your marriage, you may wonder about the type of rules that apply to military divorce. It is true that military divorce is not like civilian divorce.

The child support process in Kentucky

Child support can be a challenging issue during any divorce which is what makes it helpful for divorcing parents to understand the child support process and how child support is calculated. The family law system serves as a resource to help divorcing couples determine child support which provides for the care and support of children.

Divorces can be stressful and child support can be a stressful part of a divorce which is why trained guidance and understanding the family law resources available to help can be useful. The amount of child support the non-custodial parent is required to pay in Kentucky is calculated by law. The formula that is used to calculate child support evaluates several factors when determining the child support amount that is ordered.

The crash was bad enough, but then comes TBI rehabilitation

Say you were driving from Louisville to Elizabethtown when you became the victim of a rear-end collision. You struck your head on the steering wheel, which resulted in a traumatic brain injury.

How is the TBI going to change your life? Will rehabilitation help? How will you deal with ongoing costs?

Defenses to drunk driving charges

Individuals who have been charged with drunk driving crimes should be prepared with a drunk driving defense. Drunk driving charges can lead to serious penalties and consequences which is why accused individuals should be familiar with their criminal defense rights.

Whenever an individual has been accused of a crime, including DUI charges, it is essential for them to understand the criminal defense strategies that may be able to help them defend against the charges, accusation and allegations they are facing. There are some affirmative defenses including necessity, duress, entrapment, mistake of fact and involuntary intoxication. It is important for accused individuals to be familiar with these defenses and if they apply to their situation and circumstances.

State’s highest court strikes down medical review panel

The Kentucky Supreme Court has struck down the law that required all medical malpractice lawsuits to first be reviewed by a medical review panel before going to court. Drafted by the Republican-led Senate and House in 2017 and supported by the Kentucky Medical Association, the premise of the bill was to avoid unnecessary or frivolous medical malpractice cases from clogging up the Circuit Courts.

Critics saw a different aim, claiming that the panel was simple a barricade between citizens and their constitutional right to seek justice in court. Now medical malpractice plaintiffs are able to once again file lawsuits in the Circuit Courts. Rulings by the CC will be the final with no opportunity to appeal to the state’s Supreme Court.

How parents can prepare teens to drive safely in Kentucky

The worst phone call you ever receive may come from a police officer regarding your teen's vehicle crash. If you are a parent with a newly licensed teen driver, the possibility of an accident can be a nagging thought.

As the parent of an adolescent driver, you are your child's best advocate to learn safe driving and how to avoid crashes. Whether your teen operates a vehicle in a large city like Louisville or a small country town, your primary focus is on safe driving.

How can parents navigate custody during the holidays?

Regardless of how Kentucky residents end their marriage, it is important for them to maintain an amicable and working relationship with one another while figuring out how their children will spend the holiday season. It falls upon the shoulder of parents to ensure they can ease the tension to create happy memories for their children for years to come. This can only be done if parents begin planning ahead of time and remain flexible regarding accommodating one another's plan.

There are various ways parents can decide to divide holidays between themselves. One of the ways people go about this is by alternating on an annual basis. So this means, one parent may have the children for one holiday in the even-numbered years and the other on the odd-numbered years. However, this is difficult for some parents as they do not like spending a holiday without their children every year but it is important to give the kids an opportunity to celebrate with each parent. The other parent can plan ahead to fill their time with other activities that can keep them from getting disappointed.

A DUI conviction can put your future on hold

The state of Kentucky wants to keep drunk drivers off the road, so the penalties, even for a first offense, are stiff. However, a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol is not just about the penalties you face. A DUI mark on your record will follow you and may put the plans you had for the future on hold.

First things first

What is the property division process in Kentucky?

Couples have certain rights to marital property which is why it is important for them to understand how property is divided if they decide to divorce. Marital property generally includes property, assets and income acquired during the marriage that may be subject to the property division process if the couple decides to divorce.

Unlike marital property, which is divided during the divorce process, separate property is not divided during divorce. Separate property includes property the spouses entered the marriage with, gifts, inheritances, personal injury awards and property excluded through a legal agreement such as a prenuptial agreement. In Kentucky, property that is subject to division, or marital property, is distributed according to equitable property distribution rules.

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