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Research shows mild brain injuries can have lasting damage

Studies show that even mild cases of brain trauma can have a significant effect on people's lives, and may be seriously debilitating.

People who are involved in car accidents, violent assaults, slip-and-fall accidents and other incidents in Washington are at risk of receiving a traumatic brain injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1.7 million people across the country are affected by brain injuries every year. While some of these injuries are severe, others are considered mild. However, studies show that even mild traumatic brain injuries can cause serious, long-term damage and may affect a person's ability to work and perform everyday activities. Sadly, many mild brain injuries go undiagnosed, as they may not show up on typical screening tests. When minor brain injuries go untreated, they may affect the injured victim for years to come.

So you've just been pulled over by the police - WHAT NOW!

It's human nature. Every so often, we do something stupid. Most of the time we're lucky though and the police don't catch us. Whether you have been speeding, driving recklessly, or under the influence of alcohol odds are you have been pulled over by a cop at one point in your life and will be pulled over again in the future. What most people don't know is that as citizens of Washington and the United States, we have specific rights and duties when it comes to the police that protects us. So courtesy of Magnuson Lowell, P.S., here are some things to remember when approached by the police:

3 tips for making a custody schedule for the holidays

Custody arrangements are always difficult to figure out, but they can be especially messy when it comes to the holidays. From Labor Day to New Year's Day, determining who will have the kids can be overwhelming. Your emotions may run high and you probably want to fight tooth and nail to see your children as much as possible. 

However, there are certain techniques you can use to prevent disputes. Arguments will only make things harder on you and your kids. Here are some tips for resolving holiday custody fights.

How can divorced parents plan for the upcoming school year?

Even though it hasn't been too long since the school year let out, it is already a good time for parents who are divorced, as well as those who are going through a divorce, to work through what is going to happen when school starts again. Ironing out everything now might help make the transition to a new school year a bit easier.

All parents who are going through this have to realize that school employees are familiar with the challenges that come with a divorce. Making sure that you let them know applicable parts of the plan can help them to help your children. Here are some points to consider:

Don't ignore a sore or stiff neck after a car crash

The force of impact that occurs in a car crash can have a variety of effects of the human body. Even in accidents that seem minor, there is still a chance that a person might suffer an injury. In some cases, these injuries won't be noticed right at the time of the accident so you must be vigilant in the days after the incident.

One of the possible injuries that can occur but that you might not notice right away is whiplash. This is an injury that impacts the structures of the neck. In the past, people made fun of whiplash, but it has been found that this is actually a very serious soft tissue problem.

Your credit report and score might suffer due to divorce

Going through a divorce means that you will have to stand on your own financially. One thing that you must do is establish your own credit and build it up. Unfortunately, a divorce doesn't always make this easy. In fact, it can be very difficult to keep your credit report clean and your score in a good range after a divorce.

When you divorce, you and your ex will have to divide up the property that you have acquired during the marriage. You will also have to split the debts. This is where the issue comes into the picture. If your ex doesn't pay his or her share of the debts, it can come back to haunt your credit history.

Trucking crashes must be handled swiftly when there are injuries

When a semitruck slams into a passenger vehicle, the people in the vehicle will likely suffer from serious injuries. This is especially true if the accident occurs at interstate speeds. After the crash, anyone who was injured will need to seek medical care. This is important because victims need to ensure that any medical conditions for which they are being treated don't get worse.

There is another reason for seeking medical care right away — this can link the injuries that you suffered to the accident. Showing how the injuries, damages and crash are related is an important part of a personal injury claim that can arise from a semitruck crash.

What hazards do motorcyclists face on the roads?

Riding a motorcycle is a great way to enjoy being outdoors. You can get away from the stresses of life for a little bit, but you should make sure that you are being as safe as possible when you are out for your ride.

One thing that can help motorcyclists stay safe is understanding the types of hazards they face. These can sometimes be prevented but your safety might depend on the actions of others.

Think about the future when you divorce

A divorce is a troublesome time for anyone. Not only do you have to deal with the legal implications of the process, you also have to cope with the life changes that come with this situation. These changes can be hard to deal with, but with the right attitude and a plan, you might be able to turn your divorce into a positive experience.

We understand that you might not know where you are going to go from here. One thing is for certain -- you don't need to go backwards. Instead, you need to forge ahead and get ready to thrive in your new, single life. We can help you work toward this goal by starting with the terms of your divorce.

Tips for making vacation plans after a divorce

There are many different things that you can do when you are getting ready to go on vacation that will make your life much easier. One of the top things that you can do is to plan ahead. This is especially important if you have children who are part of a child custody agreement.

The issue that comes up when you have a child custody agreement is that you don't have to think about only your own plans. You also have to think about the custody order and your ex. This makes it very difficult to plan, especially if the agreement is especially restrictive.

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