Legal Help: Getting Hurt on the Street
Almost all states have residency requirements for people who want to file for divorce, but how that is defined can differ between jurisdictions. Specifically, some states require people to have a domicile in the area, while others are satisfied with the person being just a resident. Here's the difference between the two and how it impacts your divorce proceedings.
Domicile vs. Residency
For the purposes of filing for a divorce, states define residency as the place where a person lives.
Many people get surprised when insurance companies offer extremely low settlement offers for injury victims. However, you would not be that surprised if you knew why these companies sometimes make such low offers. Here are some of the reasons why the insurance companies make such low offers.
They Are Profit-Driven
Having insurance coverage is useful, but you should not forget that insurance companies are businesses that must make money for their investors.
When you are involved in an accident of any type that leads to an injury, you're probably already taking steps to seek restitution from the responsible individual. However, filing such a claim without the help of a personal injury law professional could prove to be a mistake. Here's why you need to have an attorney instead of negotiating with the adjuster on your own.
The Adjuster Isn't Your Friend
As soon as you file your injury claim, it gets passed on to a claims adjuster who will review your claim, including interviewing you and reviewing all of the evidence.
I never gave a lot of thought to needing a lawyer until I was injured while walking down a sidewalk. The accident happened when a biker decided to use the sidewalk instead of the street, and plowed into me as he turned a corner.
What followed was a lesson in what is involved with pedestrian accidents. I found a traffic attorney who took my case, and she was able to obtain a settlement that covered the legal fees and my medical bills.
If you have been injured through the negligence of another party, you do need legal representation. Keep reading and I'll share how I found the right lawyer and what we did to ensure that my rights were fully protected in a court of law.