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Can I make a claim for pain and suffering damages?

It doesn't matter if a plaintiff can receive a million dollars in personal injury compensation: Money is never a suitable exchange for one's health. However, financial compensation is the only way Maryland courts have of making things right after a negligent party hurts someone. As such, the questions of "How much money can I receive?" and "What kinds of damages can I claim?" are usually some of the most important ones on every plaintiff's mind.

For the vast majority of plaintiffs, seeking financial compensation is never about greed. It's about making things right, achieving a sense of closure and feeling like their suffering has been recognized -- and that some attempt has been made to make things right. It's in this respect, that one category of damages is so important. That category relates to pain and suffering relating to mental or physical distress.

When can I apply for a divorce modification?

Just like everything else in life, your divorce ruling is not necessarily set in stone. If your life circumstances have changed substantially since the family court judge made a decision on your case, you might be able to apply for a modification.

Let's consider alimony and child custody payments, for example. If you were earning a lucrative income at the time of your divorce, the judge might have ordered you to pay a certain amount each month to your ex in child support and alimony payments. However, if you suddenly lost your job or suffered a health calamity that prevents you from working and earning an income, you might be able to get a temporary reduction in your monthly payment obligations. If your financial situation has substantially changed permanently -- for any number of reasons -- you might be able to get a permanent reduction in the money you're required to pay.

What's a soft tissue injury?

Have you ever seen somebody walking around with white foam neck brace after a car accident? If the person said he had "whiplash," then he probably suffered what's called a "soft tissue" injury. A soft tissue injury can be any kind of problem that affects the soft parts of the body. These parts include tendons, muscles and ligaments.

Here are some of the most common examples of soft tissue injuries:

Financial tips for mothers going through a divorce

When you have devoted years of your life to rearing your children, you don't have much experience in the workforce. You probably count on your husband to pay the bills and take care of your financial needs. This is perfectly understandable.

If you find out that divorce is imminent, you have to think about how you are going to make ends meet once you can't count on your husband's income. The answer to this isn't always easy. There are several things that you can do to try to ensure you can take care of your needs during and after the divorce.

Paying alimony? Be sure to keep records

As part of your upcoming divorce, you may end up making alimony payments to your ex-wife. The court might order you to continue making monthly payments until your ex is either capable of reasonably supporting herself or remarries. As with other transactions, it is important to keep records of the alimony payments you make. This is especially true if you and your spouse have a contentious divorce. There is always the possibility that your ex may choose to challenge the amount of alimony you are paying. Or, the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) may choose to look into the alimony expense you are claiming on your tax return.

If you are considering divorce, it is important to take steps to protect your interests. An experienced divorce attorney in the Catonsville area can advise you on working out a settlement or taking your divorce to the courtroom. Read further for more information on what alimony documentation you should keep.

Tragic drunk driving crash claims pedestrian's life

A man from Waldorf, Maryland, was arrested after a fatal pedestrian versus car accident late last month. The incident happened early on a Sunday morning after a 50-year-old driver allegedly hit a 23-year-old man who was walking across Coastal Highway in Ocean City.

Police say that alcohol was involved, and they arrested the 50-year-old man and charged him with drunk driving and other serious criminal violations connected to the young man's death. According to police reports, the man was driving northbound down Coastal Highway. The pedestrian, who was not in a crosswalk, appears to have been in the road at the time of the incident.

The 4 main categories of car accident damages

If you were injured in a car accident by a negligent or unlawful motorist, you likely have a viable claim to pursue financial compensation for your injuries in court. The car accident damages you can pursue will generally fall under four main categories: medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and loss of consortium.

Let's take a look at what these categories of damages are:

A divorce timeline for your reference

One of the most important ways to reduce the fear of a divorcing spouse is to explain the various stages of the divorce process. Although every divorce is unique, the vast majority of them will follow a specific order of events. These stages of divorce are as follows:

-- One spouse will begin the divorce process by filing a petition, or divorce complaint, which is usually written by a lawyer. The petition states why he or she is requesting the divorce and the preferred manner of settling custody, financial and other matters.

6 people hospitalized after 7-car pileup in Germantown

Authorities are trying to determine how a Germantown car accident led to a seven-car pileup. The incident happened on a recent Tuesday evening at approximately 6:00 p.m. Officers responded shortly after the collision to discover six seriously injured persons that required hospital care.

While unsure of how the accident happened, authorities do know that it involved a Jeep Grand Cherokee, a Toyota Prius, a Dodge Charger, a Nissan Pathfinder, a Toyota Camry, a Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Honda Civic. The vehicles were at a red light when the collision took place for unknown reasons.

Pursuing justice after a car accident in Maryland

If there were one thing consistently true about car accidents, it would be that we never know when they're going to happen, and they occur when we least expect them to. You could be on your way to the office at 7 a.m. and get hit by a drunk driver. You might be running errands on a Saturday afternoon and get rear-ended by someone who is distracted by a smartphone.

They happen in an instant, but they can change the course of our lives forever. Indeed, the catastrophic injuries from a Maryland car crash could leave you disabled and unable to work for the rest of your life. Or, you might be injured, recovering and unable to work for many months following a crash. Depending on the extent of your injuries, the lost income from not being able to work and the medical costs can add up to become astronomical and unaffordable in a heartbeat. How are you supposed to pay for all this?

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