You’ve probably heard about personal injury lawsuits. They happen every day, after all, and some of them make big headlines. But while we all hear about personal injury lawsuits, we often forget to check in to find out exactly what the specifics are or what happens later. We read a headline and move on. So, what is a personal injury lawsuit anyway?

Personal injury suits are, as the name suggests, about someone getting injured. However, where and how that happened can be very broad. It can be anything from a car accident to an accident at work. There can be issues with faulty products that fall into this category as well as medical malpractice. Basically, if someone gets injured (or killed) and it’s the fault of someone or something else, there’s potentially a personal injury lawsuit to be filed.

So, why do people file these suits? There are plenty of reasons to file, as many in fact as there are types of personal injury cases, but a few major motivations related to potential financial compensation can be set down pretty quickly. A personal injury lawsuit can address these major concerns:

Compensation for your medical bills

This one is significant. If a person was injured and it wasn’t their fault, it stands to reason the guilty party should cover the medical expenses. Sometimes, the money is not forthcoming from the guilty party, however, and lawyers need to step in.

Lost wages

If someone gets injured at work, and it is the employer’s or workplace’s fault, again, they shouldn’t be left to find a way to make up for the lost income. In fact, often, making up that income is impossible while they are recovering. A personal injury suit is required when a business refuses to accommodate this need.

Physical therapy

Like medical bills, the long road to recovery should be covered by those who are guilty of the accident in the first place.

Long-term care

For those who are incapable of fully recovering (or who require an extended period to do so), long-term care is needed, which should be covered by those who brought this upon the individual.

Damage to your motor vehicle, car, truck or motorcycle or other personal property

When it comes to property, the damage may be extensive, depending on the type of accident a lawsuit covers. A vehicle or home could be ruined, and it would be all because of someone else’s actions. When such people refuse to compensate for this, something must be done.

Altered quality of life

Now, we enter those areas of compensation which are harder to categorize. How do you put a price tag on losing the ability to use your hand, for instance? It’s the job of lawyers and courts to set an amount that seems fair on all sides.

Pain and suffering

Along the lines of the previous point, how do you quantify suffering when an accident could have devastated people? This requires experts to step in and settle on an amount.

As you can see, personal injury cases cover a vast amount of topics and address a number of major concerns for those who have been injured. They are a crucial part of our legal system.

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Many millennials are delaying entering into the world of finance and investment far longer than previous generations.

This is understandable. For one thing, wages are lower for the average millennial than they were for their parents, and the ability to rise up the ranks is slower since their parents are retiring later than people used to. At the same time, they have bigger debts starting out because college cost significantly more for them than for those who came before. So, in this sense, the money just hasn’t been there to invest.

But millennials are hesitant for another reason, even when they have the money: millennials don’t trust the financial industry.

And who could blame them? They came of age during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and in some sense, they have lived their entire adult lives without seeing a strong economy. They have seen a growing economy, and they have seen the stock market boom, but they do not have the cherished memories of other generations of seeing a generally contented country with a good economy.

So, their distrust is certainly understandable, but it is also misplaced. Millennials are now entering into their best years to start saving. Most of them are in their late twenties or early thirties, and they now have some level of financial stability. This is the ideal time to begin saving for a down payment on a house or starting a retirement fund. It’s also a good time to start a college fund for the little kiddies (or the soon to be little kiddies). Millennials are missing out on all these opportunities because of their skepticism.

What they need is more assurance that the playing field will be fair for them in the world of investment. There is a general sense among that generation that though their parents may have down well by the market, the market is sure to be rigged to cost them more than it pays them, just as other areas seem to be.

To reassure them otherwise, it’s worthwhile to point out that the same opportunities that were there for their parents are still there for them. Though that may not have been true in many parts of life, in finance, that rule is likely to remain true for a long while to come. Just as their parents could get good rates on annuities and mutual funds, so too can they.

At the same time, there are more protections against the sorts of practices that brought the market to its knees a decade ago than there were before. There are more ways to sue a broker if he or she misuses funds. There is more oversight.

If millennials can be induced to listen to such arguments, they may find more opportunity than they have come to expect so far in their adult lives. Finance may be the world they first came to distrust, but it may also be the best way for them to reach the level of affluence they were brought up to dream of.

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You probably use your storage unit for your luggage, your holiday decorations, or that large decorative armoire that has been in your family for generations. Storage units are where you can change out the aesthetic and furniture of your home like the seasons. You may think that you can put anything in them. However, there are some things that you cannot keep in a storage unit. Sometimes the reasons are simple as preventing invading bugs or safety, but sometimes people try to store illegal items in their storage unit.

  • This may seem obvious, but it definitely needs to be stated. This includes any kind of animal dead or alive. Storage units were never meant to house any living thing and storing an animal is illegal. Likewise storing dead animals for storage until it can be taken to a taxidermist will attract pests.
  • This kind of goes along with the animals. Without access to light or regular water, a plant in a storage unit will most likely die. The decaying organic material will also become a potential host for mold and pests.
  • Anything that attracts pests. Beyond food and already mentioned taxidermy, there are some interesting objects that attract pests most people don’t know of. Bird seed, jugs of water, candles, non-sealed foam, and oddly enough corkboard. Insects love the smell of cork and will burrow into these.
  • Drugs are never allowed at storage units. The reason is that they carry many legal implications that businesses don’t want to get involved with. Sometimes this extends to prescription drugs as well depending on the storage unit.
  • Flammable Materials. Storage units are dense compounds, if one caught fire, it would spread to the surrounding units before the safety sprinkler systems kicked in. Any kind of fireworks, fertilizer, propane tanks, or gasoline are prohibited to mitigate the risks of fire.
  • Despite what some movies may lead you to think, people cannot actually live in a storage unit. This extends to housing other people or using one’s storage unit as a renters space. It is also illegal to store any recently deceased bodies even if they are a loved one.

While there are many things you can keep in storage, there are limitations. When it comes to homes, apartments, and storage units, it’s all about how you use your space. Typically the rule of thumb to keep in mind is: If you couldn’t keep something safely in your house you won’t be able to store it safely in a storage unit. If you are questioning whether or not you can store a particular object in your unit, the best thing to do is ask the company if it’s alright. This way ensures that you won’t be breaking some obscure rule that unit has or endangering the compound as a whole.

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In this age of civil discourse and upon the rise of modern civil rights groups, it has become apparent to us that not all police killings are sanctioned or appropriate. It can be hard to know exactly what to do following the death of a loved on in this kind of matter, even if you have the evidence to suggest that your loved one was innocent of whatever crime it was suggested they had committed prior to their death. The family of a 15-year-old accused of stealing a vehicle after he was killed by police is facing this harsh reality, as documented by

According to the estate of the boy, the death occurred in August two years ago, and the family has yet to be notified which officers contributed and view video footage of the incident. Community leaders and officials have since been urging the city police to adopt body cameras so this information cannot be sealed away. A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed with the city at this time to seek both compensatory and punitive damages following this event. Unfortunately, due to the lack of body cameras as discussed, the testimony of one witness is paramount to this case. The man alleges that the boy was non-aggressive in his actions and the police haphazardly fired, later saying he was using the apparently stolen car as a weapon against the officers. With the arrival of this case and another death in the more recent months, calls for body cams have reached a fervent pitch. The police responded: it’s not a priority.

In cases such as these, which are on the rise according to prominent figures in movements like Black Lives Matter, it’s important to seek the help of an attorney. The question becomes, how do you afford this and against whom do you press charges. In this case, specifically, the specific officers are unknown. The attorney representing the family of the young boy is seeking damages that include attorney fees, and many other personal injury attorneys will not ask for payment from their clients unless a case is won; if this is your only hurdle, do not hesitate to seek contact an attorney for help. When it comes to pressing charges, the attorney will levy a complaint or lawsuit against the state, which includes the police department. If the name(s) of involved officers are known, then a specific case can be made against them.

Don’t let a personal lack of funds stand in the way of seeking compensation for the death of a loved one. If you have experienced the wrongful death of a family member, an attorney will be able to help you. In the case that your loved one was killed by a police officer or other member of the state, this is no less true. Wrongful deaths should not ever go unpunished, and you should feel confident in seeking legal help when facing such an event.

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When you get married, you always think about positive things, like how you and your partner will be in it forever and live happily. But sadly, not all marriages have fairytale happy endings. Some end up in divorce.

Is your marriage in trouble? According to the website of Marshall & Taylor, P.C., divorce can be a complicated process, as it may include issues such as child custody, visitation rights, and spousal support. All these also have significant impact not just in your life, but also your spouse’s and children’s. So, before filing the papers, make sure that your marriage is really in trouble, and you are not just overreacting from a small problem.

You don’t communicate with your partner

Communication is an important aspect in any relationship, especially if there is a problem. If you and your partner are communicating, you will have a better perspective of their line of thought so you will be more willing to compromise. If you don’t communicate with your partner anymore because you are already overwhelmed with negativity, maybe it is time to file the papers.

Your partner is not cooperating

Even though you are communicating with your partner and both of you are clearly aware of the problems and the possible solutions, there can still be issues, like when your partner is not willing to compromise or says he or she will but his or her actions tell otherwise.

It is worse if you are already showing that you are willing to lower your pride and make your partner have the better deal in the compromise, but he or she still can’t be budged.

It is affecting other aspects of your life

Sometimes, you stay in a toxic relationship just because of other factors, such as the difficulty of dividing properties and the guilt of creating a broken family. But if certain factors in life are already affected, you might seriously consider divorce.

If you can’t concentrate at work anymore because of emotional exhaustion, and if the kids are already anxious because you always fight with your partner, you should think whether staying in the relationship is still worth it, especially if you think that the situation is not going to improve anytime soon.

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