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Obtaining damages for emotional distress after a car accident

Emotional trauma can often be the most pervasive and long-lasting effect of a car accident. While many people heal from their physical injuries in a matter of weeks or months, their psychological health can be compromised for years to come.

When taking action to obtain compensation after a car accident, you should not underestimate the emotional damages you have suffered and will potentially suffer. In the days after the event, you may be feeling numb regarding the ordeal and the things that you have been through. However, as you take the time to process everything, you may begin to suffer the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or experience anxiety or depression. You should seek guidance from a medical professional if you have any concerns.

Be aware of insurance company bad faith tactics

Having a comprehensive insurance package can help you to handle many different unexpected situations. Auto insurance, home insurance and life insurance are three very common insurance choices. Taking out insurance can give you peace of mind because you will believe that you'll be fully covered in the event of damages occurring. However, some people, unfortunately, experience difficulties in successfully gaining the insurance payout that they deserve.

If you have recently tried and failed to make an insurance claim, you should be aware of the most common insurance company bad faith tactics, since these may be to blame.

3 reasons that commercial truck crashes are so common

Large commercial trucks have become a part of modern American life. They are so ubiquitous that it is uncommon for individuals to not see one as part of their daily commute. Unfortunately, just because they are common does not mean that they are the safest vehicles on the road. In fact, the exact opposite is true.

Large commercial vehicles pose a massive risk to people in smaller passenger vehicles, with the majority of injuries and fatalities related to commercial truck crashes happening to the people in the smaller vehicle. There are several reasons why commercial trucks are dangerous vehicles, and understanding those risk factors can help you stay safer when sharing the road with these huge trucks.

In what circumstances can a wrongful death claim be filed?

If you have recently lost a loved one, you might think that making a wrongful death claim is a pointless endeavor since it will never have the power to bring back your loved one. While this is true, it can help to ensure that such a tragic event will not happen to another person.

No one should have to mourn the loss of a loved one while at the same time worrying about how they will pay for the funeral or other expenses now that they have a limited income. This is another reason why making a wrongful death claim could be worthwhile: It could lighten up the financial burden you have on your shoulders.

Claiming workers' compensation after vision loss

Being involved in an accident at work could lead to injuries that affect you for the rest of your life. Vision loss can sadly be an extremely pervasive injury that affects all aspects of an injured person's life, including the ability to earn an income. Your workers' compensation payout should, therefore, reflect the financial toll that this has taken on your life.

It's important that you do not waste time in notifying your employer of your injury, and that you take action to make your claim within the given timeframe. The following are some of the types of damages you may be able to claim as a result of losing your sight in a work injury.

What are the deadliest professions?

Earlier this year, researchers with the website 24/7 Wall St. took tried to identify the deadliest professions in the United States. They found that workers in these roles are all at an increased risk for certain injuring or fatal accidents in the workplace. You're unlikely to be surprised to learn what constitutes some of the most dangerous professions in Georgia and the rest of the country.

The top five most dangerous professions in the U.S. are:

  • Fishing-related and logging
  • Roofing
  • Sanitation
  • Flight engineering
  • Aircraft piloting.

What three forms does distracted driving take?

No matter what specific distraction a driver is dealing with -- eating, drinking, talking on the phone, etc -- odds are that it falls into one of three main categories. As we'll see, some of them fall into multiple categories at the same time.

According to safe driving experts, those three types are:

  • Cognitive (Mental)
  • Visual
  • Physical

What you should know about workers' compensation in Georgia

Different states have varying laws when it comes to workers' compensation. This is why it is important that you understand the specific laws in the state that you are employed in.

If you have recently suffered an injury in a Georgia workplace, you should prioritize getting medical attention if you deem it necessary. After you have done this, you should notify your employer in writing. This will pave the way for you to potentially claim workers' compensation.

A vicious dog can cause lifelong injuries to your small child

The behavior and personality of a dog often reflects the environment in which it grew up or currently lives. Sometimes, nice people adopt dogs that had very cruel previous owners. Other times, people don't notice the warning signs of a dog that may have a tendency toward irrational or violent behavior.

Unfortunately, small children can often wind up severely hurt when they interact with pets that people think are safe. It only takes a second for a dog to decide to bite, and children, being shorter, present more opportunity for a dog to cause catastrophic injuries.

How to move through post-accident shock

Many people deal with shock, stress and even PTSD -- post-traumatic stress disorder -- in the wake of a car accident. Few things that you get involved in will be as harrowing as a car accident. While people in some professions may face greater challenges -- soldiers who see combat, for instance -- a car accident is the height of stress for the average American, especially when it results in serious injuries or even death.

If this happens to you, the following tips may help you handle the stress and work your way through some of the emotional and mental challenges you will face:

  • Stay hydrated. Use water to remove toxins from your body and give you energy.
  • In moments of severe stress, like a panic attack, focus on slow, controlled breathing.
  • Take up relaxing hobbies, such as yoga.
  • Tell someone else how you feel. Stressful situations often grow to be even worse in our own minds, but saying things out loud helps you work through them.
  • Make sure you get enough sleep. Many people accidentally don't get enough rest without even realizing it, thanks to their busy schedules, and that's very hard on the body.
  • Consider talking to a doctor or a medical professional. You don't have to do this on your own. A therapist can give you different techniques and possibly even medications that you can use.

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