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The ABCs of Dealing With Domestic Violence

Domestic violence was a part of my family's life for years. When I made the decision to leave with my children, I had to rely on the law to provide the protection we needed. Sometimes, the system does not work as fast as we want. I soon learned that going at it alone without any guidance caused significant delays. I created this blog to help others who are seeking legal means to deal with an abusive ex. By making the right moves, it is possible to get the necessary protections in place so that you can also live a happier and healthier life.


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What Your Lawyer Needs To Help Build Your Car Accident Case

by Gina Hill

If you've been in a car accident and you need to sue for damages, then getting legal help is imperative. Yet, your tasks aren't done just because you have found a lawyer. While your attorney is skilled in legal matters, they can't win your case without you help. The following are the things you need to do to help ensure your attorney can build your case thoroughly.

Written Statement

Don't confuse this for the written statement you may need to submit with your court documents -- you and your lawyer will work together to draft that statement. This statement is purely for your attorney's use. Before your first meeting and as soon after the accident as possible, sit down and draft a full narrative of the events surrounding the car accident. You want to be as detailed as possible, so plan to spend some time recalling as much about the accident as possible. Include events leading up to the accident, particularly if they may have bearing on the case. Also, include anything that occurred after the accident, including details on any pain, suffering, or other losses you may have experienced. This written record will provide your lawyer with a lot of the information they need to start crafting your case.

Contact Details

It is up to you to provide most of the contact details from the accident. This includes your information, including insurance, as well as the personal and insurance details of other parties that were involved in the accident. Also include contact information for any passengers in the vehicles and any witnesses to the accident. Finally, make up a list of possible witnesses for whom you don't have details. This could include the employees of a nearby business that may have witnessed the accident, or even businesses or homes near the accident site that you noticed had surveillance cameras on the front of their properties. Your lawyer may be able to gather more information from the footage to use in building your case.

Accident Records

You need to provide any and all records pertaining to the accident to your lawyer. This includes the police report, which is vital for making a case. You also need the records for any medical care, lost income, or repair and insurance costs incurred by the accident. Finally, don't overlook peripheral losses.  For example, if you had to postpone a trip due to the accident, which leads to you losing a deposit on your travel plans, you may be able to include this loss in the accident settlement.

For more help, contact a car accident attorney in your area.