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Various impacts of car wrecks can make life difficult

The healing process after a car wreck is one that can take a long time, especially if the crash was a bad one. There are some people who end up suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after an accident that is particularly nasty. This can impact every facet of their lives in a negative manner.

A person who is suffering from PTSD will face a long road to recovery. In the most severe cases, they might be unable to get into a vehicle again for a while. This makes getting around a challenge, which can impact their ability to get to work or to run errands.

Gotta love our court system!

Certainly everyone has their own viewpoint regarding the American court system. But one thing we can all agree upon is that our system can make it easy for people to bring amusing cases. Toward that end, we wanted to share with you a case that was filed in federal court in Southern California. (Where else but Tinseltown would one expect this kind of lawsuit?)

Thomas v Bush, et al. Case No. 11cv2712 WQH-NLS is a case filed by Mia Thomas. She brought her handwritten lawsuit against some 80 defendants - three pages worth of names - not the least of which included: George W. Bush, Bill Gates, Oprah Winfrey, Microsoft, Facebook, Queen Elizabeth, Hawaiian Punch, Nestle, Mel Gibson, IHOP, McDonald's, the State of Louisiana, the Vatican and many, many more. One of the thrusts of Ms. Thomas' complaint included the following:

Divorcing a narcissist brings up many challenges

A divorce is difficult enough in the simplest cases; however, when one person in the marriage is a narcissist, things can be even more challenging. When you are splitting up from a person who only thinks of themselves, you will often feel like you are fighting a losing battle. They try to flip everything so that it is about them, and so they can do things that will benefit them. They simply can't stand having the focus on someone else.

Since these individuals don't have any compassion or ability to think about compromise, you might find that resolving the divorce through mediation or collaborative methods is impossible. This means that you will likely end up having to go through a trial to resolve the terms of the divorce.

Facebook and the Law

In the last year, Facebook has climbed over 1 billion active users. Most likely you or someone you know has a Facebook account and uses it religiously. What you likely didn't know, is that if you become involved in litigation, that Facebook account is considered evidence to the opposing party. In Virginia, an attorney and his client were recently sanctioned for over $700,000 for allegedly destroying the client's Facebook account to get rid of unwanted posts and pictures. Lester v. Allied Concrete Company and William Donald Sprouse. Unfortunately for the entire Facebook community, this reverence for Facebook evidence is not uncommon. 

Why You Need a Will Now!

According to a Harris Interactive survey, 58% of adults lack one of the most necessary documents every person should have, a will. (And frankly, from our experience, that percentage is likely even higher.) A last will and testament is a set of papers which lay out how your estate will be distributed- and perhaps who will care for your kids - upon your death. This means, that upon death 58% of the American population may not have their amassed fortune (no matter how big or small) delegated how they would want. While in some cases it may work out in accordance with the deceased's wishes, sometimes the lack of this basic document may lead to years of litigation and thousands of dollars wasted. 

Plan for income changes when you go through a divorce

A divorce is going to impact every aspect of your life. One of these is your finances. You have to be prepared to live on only your own income. This can be a big change when you are accustomed to having a two-income home. We know that trying to figure out the finances can be complicated, especially before you know what debts you are responsible for and which assets are now yours.

One thing that you can do is to create a budget based on only your income. Don't include any spousal or child support payments, as there is a chance that those payments will sometimes arrive late. If you don't rely on them for the necessary bills, you probably won't be as stressed if they don't come on time.

Study: Medical errors are now the third leading cause of U.S. deaths

New research suggests medical mistakes are a top cause of death, which makes it important for patients to know how to reduce their risk of these errors.

The complexity of the medical diagnostic and treatment process can leave patients in Seattle vulnerable to a number of errors. While a small number of these mistakes may be virtually unavoidable, a substantial number may occur due to oversights, carelessness or outright negligence on the part of medical professionals. Alarmingly, new research suggests that the latter type of error now ranks as one of the top causes of death in the United States.

Would legal separation be a better choice than divorce?

If you and your spouse have decided to end your marriage, is divorce the right solution? Most couples would say yes, but you may want to consider another option.

Legal separation is an alternative to divorce, and under certain circumstances, it may be the right choice for you and your spouse.

Studies suggest many hospital errors are preventable and under-reported

Being hospitalized because of an injury or illness is a difficult experience, but many people take solace in the fact that they are in expert hands and that unnecessary complications are unlikely. Disturbingly, though, in the last few years, several studies have delved into reported medical malpractice cases to suggest that medical errors are often preventable and under-reported. Given these findings, it benefits people in King County, Washington, to understand the risk and their rights if they are ever affected by malpractice. 

Stay safe while you are out walking your dog this fall

Finding ways to stay active during the fall months is often a challenge. Some individuals who have dogs might opt to walk that pet to try to get some exercise in. This is a good idea, but it is one that has to include vital safety tips.

Here are a few that you might find useful:

  • Try to walk when it is still light out. This might be challenging with the earlier dusk, so you should pick well-lit areas if you are planning on walking when it isn't full daylight. Bring a flashlight with you if you are walking in the dark. There are some that attach to the dog's leash so you can keep a hand free.
  • Wear reflective clothing. This is especially important if you are walking between dusk and dawn or when there is fog out. The reflective properties will alert drivers to your presence. Some vests have battery-operated lights that can warn a driver that you are walking from a greater distance than regular reflective properties.
  • Bring a buddy with you. This helps you in case something bad happens. The buddy can contact emergency services for you and might be able to prevent a negative incident.
  • Stick to streets that aren't overly busy or that have sidewalks. The less time you have to spend in the road, the safer you will be. Even in less busy areas, you need to use proper caution when you are crossing the street. Always use crosswalks and double check traffic coming from both sides.

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