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Do I have to go to court to get compensation after a car crash?

You can't go a single day without hearing or reading about serious car crashes occurring in Tennessee or elsewhere. Thousands of people across the country die in motor vehicle accidents every year and many more suffer injuries from which they may never fully recover. Following a car crash, do victims or their surviving family members in the event of a fatality have to go to court to seek compensation for their losses?

Believe it or not, the vast majority of civil cases filed in regard to car accidents do not make it to court. It is not that they are not worthy of being heard, they are. It is because most of them settle before they even get that far.

Spinal cord injuries can completely change one's life

For the most part, people in Tennessee can make it through the day without suffering an injury. However, this is not always the case and, as people know, accidents do occur, resulting in injuries. Some of these injuries are fairly minor and may result in some discomfort for a couple of days, but others are severe and could completely change a person's life. One injury that could be catastrophic is a spinal cord injury, which can cause permanent damage.

Spinal cord injuries can affect the entire body. The spinal cord transmits all messages from the brain to the various body parts and monitors their functions. So, if the spinal cord is damaged and the messages are not going where they need to go, then that body function will not work.

Judicial diversion may be possible for some defendants

People in Tennessee make mistakes from time to time. Some mistakes are innocent and can be rectified quickly, but others can have long-lasting effects that could affect the person for a long time. This is usually what is at stake when one is accused of breaking the law.

Those who are convicted of breaking the law will usually have a mark on their criminal history for a long time to come. This means that an individual may be dealing with the negative impact of a conviction years later when he or she applies for a job or tries to find an apartment. That is why there is a provision in Tennessee law that recognizes that, when people make these types of one-time mistakes, they should be given a chance by disallowing the conviction to affect their lives for a very long time.

Motorcyclist killed when vehicle crosses center line

It is getting warmer in Tennessee, which means more people will be out riding their motorcycles. Other motorists on the roads will therefore need to increase their awareness to avoid crashing with into these motorcyclists. Motorcycles are much smaller than other vehicles on the road and it is easier for people driving cars and trucks to miss them in their blind spots or underestimate their speeds. Due to these facts, there are many motorcycle accidents every year.

Unfortunately, one such wreck recently occurred, resulting in a motorcyclist losing his life. A man driving a pickup truck swerved into oncoming traffic in order to avoid hitting a vehicle stopped in the lane in which he was travelling. It is unclear why that vehicle was stopped, but when the truck driver swerved he hit the motorcyclist travelling in the opposite lane of traffic. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet, but the impact of the crash killed him. The Tennessee Highway Patrol stated that criminal charges are pending, although it is unclear at this time who will be charges.

Additional child expenses that are added to child support

Raising children in Tennessee can be expensive, as there are a number of costs associated with the process. Some of these costs are necessities such as food, clothing, and shelter. Others are optional and oftentimes are limited to what parents can afford. These include extracurricular activities, vacations, and other forms of entertainment. There are even other expenses which may not be considered necessities but are still necessary to protect a child's well-being.

These expenses include those associated with obtaining and maintaining health and dental insurance, paying for unreimbursed medical expenses, and child care so the parents can work and pay for everything else the family needs. Like most costs related to children, figuring out how each parent will contribute to these expenses can be difficult when parents are divorced. That is why in these situations one parent will typically pay child support.

Basic requirements to be deemed "disabled" for SSDI

There are many reasons why some Tennesseans are not working. Sometimes it is a voluntary choice not to work. Other times it is not. A person may be involuntarily out of work for a variety of reasons, but one of the main reasons is because the person is injured or has an illness that renders him or her unable to work. This can be particularly difficult because not only is the individual dealing with the pain and other side effects of the injury or illness, but he or she is unable to earn an income and may be dealing with financial difficulties that accompany unemployment and treatment of a medical condition.

People who find themselves in this unfortunate position may be able to receive some financial help through Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI). However, not everyone who is unable to work due to a physical impairment is entitled to receive these benefits. The individual must meet certain criteria. The most important of which is that the disability must meet the requirements of a disability.

Marijuana possession still has significant penalties in Tennessee

People in Tennessee need time to relax from time-to-time. Sometimes people plan vacations and take time off work to get away, but even on a daily basis people need to find ways to escape. This could be simply watching a movie before going to bed or going out with friends and family on the weekend. Sometimes people also like to drink alcohol in order to relax or let loose for a little while. Others like to like smoke marijuana. Although some may find alcohol and marijuana relaxing and even acceptable, marijuana remains illegal in Tennessee.

People who are caught possessing the drug can still face serious consequences, too. The severity of imposed penalties upon conviction is based on how much marijuana a person possessed when they were caught.

Helping one through both civil and criminal tax penalties

Another tax deadline recently passed in Tennessee. Many people may enjoy this time of year as they receive tax refunds, but not everyone falls into this category. There are many other individuals who owe taxes or have not filed a tax return yet for 2017. This can be a very uneasy time for people in this position. This is because the IRS is very good at getting the money it is owed and enforcing the laws. The IRS is not an agency that most people want to owe to.

The IRS can impose penalties both civilly and criminally. In general, civil penalties are monetary consequences. If they go unpaid, the IRS can garnish bank accounts, paychecks, and other financial resources until the debt and penalties are paid off. The IRS can also impose criminal penalties for violating the tax laws, such as lying on tax returns or engaging in tax evasion. These penalties can include fines similar to civil penalties, but they can also include jail time.

You can complete your divorce without going to court

For Tennessee couples, the decision to file for divorce is complex and often follows a difficult time between the two partners. It is not easy to move forward with ending your marriage, but if you are sure this is the right choice for you, you can approach this process in several ways. 

Some divorces are complex, acrimonious and difficult. In these cases, it is nearly impossible for both parties to agree on the terms of their divorce order, and litigation may be the only way to reach a final settlement. However, this may not be the case for you. It may be possible for you and your spouse to complete your divorce without going to court.

What is acceptable medical evidence for determining SSDI?

Everyone in Tennessee lives different lives unique to their specific situation. There are many aspects that affect one's life and how they live it. This could be the type of job they have and what they can afford based on their income. A person's upbringing also has an effect on how they make decisions and whether they suffer from any type of disadvantage. One's personal health can also have a dramatic impact on his or her life. Those with major illnesses or injuries may have a tougher time doing many things others take for granted.

One of the things that many individuals take for granted is the ability to work and earn an income. Those with illnesses and injuries that are serious enough may not be able to work, though. This obviously makes it very difficult to earn an income and support themselves financially. However, these individuals may be able to receive social security disability (SSDI) benefits. Although these benefits may provide a significant amount of financial relief, one must meet certain federal requirements before they can be obtained. In order to receive these benefits, a disabled individual must apply for them and provide acceptable medical evidence that they are in fact disabled.

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