What To Do After an Accident

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What to Do After an Accident

However they occur, vehicle accidents can be a traumatic and painful experience. Whether your automobile is involved in a truck accident with a commercial vehicle like an 18-wheeler, a motorcycle or another automobile, the injuries sustained can be very significant. If you are involved in an accident, the first thing to do is make sure that everyone in your vehicle has survived. Secondly, you should determine the physical condition of each passenger. In every case, emergency medical assistance should be contacted. Even a minor fender bender can have unnoticed physical damage and you should seek immediate treatment. When the adrenaline leaves your system, you may find that you have severe soft tissue injuries such as whiplash, sprains, strains or other damages. Some closed-head injuries are very dangerous if not treated immediately.

Once the authorities have been notified and law enforcement and paramedics are en route to the scene, a second call should be made to a Baton Rouge injury attorney from The Layfield Law Firm, LLC so you can receive appropriate advice in terms of correct procedure. The Layfield Law Firm understands the time-sensitive nature of personal injury cases involving an accident, and can help the victim complete the necessary steps to build a detailed and thorough case to recover the compensation you and your family deserve.

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If you have been seriously injured in an accident, it is important that you see a doctor as soon as possible. Your injuries should be thoroughly documented because this evidence will be presented to the insurance company and/or to the court. Additionally, any costs incurred as a result of the injuries should be documented in order to justify the level of compensation being sought. Without this critical information, it can be very difficult for your lawyer to provide sufficient reason for any court to award compensation for any reason. The Layfield Law Firm, LLC carefully documents all damages, and will ensure the evidence in your case is preserved for your personal injury claim. A Baton Rouge injury attorney should be contacted as soon as possible following the accident to ensure all evidence is gathered and proper procedure is followed so that you will receive the compensation you and your family deserve.

Contact a personal injury attorney at The Layfield Law Firm, LLC after an accident.

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  • How will custody of my child be decided?
    It is possible for you and your spouse to come to a decision regarding child custody without the court intervening.

    However, if you and your spouse cannot come to a custody terms agreement, the court will decide for you, and will look at the following:

    • the child's gender and age;
    • the child's mental and physical health;
    • the child's relationship with each parent;
    • the parents' respective lifestyles;
    • each parent's ability to provide basic necessities for the child, including shelter, food, and clothing; and
    • the child's preference (if they are of a certain age).
  • How do I know if I have a personal injury claim?

    A personal injury accident is the result of the negligent, reckless or careless action of another. An accident that occurs from the use of a dangerous or defective product is an example of a personal injury accident. Another example is a drunk driver who causes a car collision with injuries or fatalities. In the case of negligence, the victim may be eligible for monetary compensation that can include lost income, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Beau Layfield and The Layfield Law Firm, LLC can represent a client in court and negotiate with insurance companies to pursue the maximum possible compensation.

  • Is adoption a long process?
    • Each adopted child has different circumstances. There are several types of adoptions that could take place, including a stepparent adoption, a private adoption or a standard adoption. Each has its own specific challenges. With the help of my firm, we will speed the process through the system as quickly as we can so that you can begin your new family and move forward with starting life together.

  • How will child support be calculated?
    Child support is calculated differently depending on the state one resides in, but the general factors taken into consideration by the court when calculating payments include:
    • the standard of living of the child prior to the divorce;
    • the ability to pay of the parent giving child support;
    • the specific needs of the child, including their food, clothing, and educational costs; and
    • the needs and income of the custodial parent (the parent with primary custody of the child).
  • How long will the divorce process take?

    The length of your divorce proceedings will depend on different factors, which include how long it takes to serve divorce papers to your spouse, whether your spouse is willing to waive their rights to service and notice of trial, whether you have minor children from the marriage and legal delays. Typically, it will take 20 to 40 days to receive a divorce judgment from the court after papers have been served. If your spouse decides to waive his or her rights to service and notice of trial, the judgment can come swiftly. It is important to note that a judgment does not become finalized until the 30-day "appeals" window has ended.

    Another important point to note is that you must be living separately from your spouse for six months (or longer if there are minor children from the marriage) before being able to file a petition, unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as your spouse committed a felony. Securing an attorney for legal representation may result in your divorce process being resolved much faster than you attempting to navigate the proceedings on your own.