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The long-term suffering of a spinal cord injury

You probably don't need anyone to tell you that your life will never be the same. The car accident that left you with a spinal cord injury is likely engrained in your memory, at least in flashes. The aftermath, however, will stay with you forever.

A spinal cord injury that results in paralysis often brings many collateral medical issues. Being bound to a bed or wheelchair may be only the beginning of the problems you will be dealing with. Of course, another consequence of prolonged medical challenges is the mounting cost of treatment.

A U visa may help Texas victims of violent crimes stay in the US

If you live here in Texas without legal permission, you may relate to the many struggles and challenges other people in similar situations experience. Even seemingly uneventful activities, such as driving to and from work each day, may cause you to feel nervous or worried that authorities will detain you because of your legal status. Some immigrants say they hesitate to report certain issues, even if someone has stolen their property or committed another crime against them because they fear they will be at risk for deportation if they do so.

What they, and you, may not know is that if you were the victim of certain violent crimes that took place here in the United States, you may qualify for a U visa. This program may not only provide a safe way for you to seek justice against the person who perpetrated the crime against you, but may also allow you to apply for temporary protected legal status. There are specific requirements attached to the program and you may want to seek support if you plan to seek this type of visa.

Key causal factors in many Texas motor vehicle collisions

Traveling Texas highways or other roadways in the nation can be extremely stressful. Long gone are the days when families took leisurely Sunday drives at low speeds, just for fun to enjoy the open road and time together. With as many accidents as there are nowadays, you might find yourself thinking it's safer to stay home than to get behind the wheel and risk a collision. It's highly unlikely that you could continue to function in your everyday life without ever traveling by car.

Therefore, it makes sense to learn and follow the rules of the road and to be aware of the types of situations that often lead to accidents. When you adhere to traffic regulations and keep a lookout for potential danger, you up your chances for safe arrival at your destination. It never hurts, however, to check out the type of resources available for legal support ahead of time, in case you unexpectedly find yourself in an hour of need.

How the drink a nearby motorist had may impair his or her ability

You've probably experienced a Texas traffic jam on more than one occasion. In fact, if you're a daily commuter to work, you likely encounter traffic congestion several times a day. On a good day, you may be able to overlook such frustrations, knowing that like many things in life, it too, shall pass. Other times, an incident that occurs in traffic may change your life forever, such as when a drunk driver slams into the side of your vehicle.

Drunk driving continues to be a major problem in most states throughout the nation. There's often not much time to react and avert disaster when another vehicle careens out of its lane or cuts you off on the road. Injuries resulting from such collisions are often quite serious, even life-threatening. If you survive your injuries in a drunk driving crash, your recovery may be long and arduous, not to mention the undue financial hardships the situation may thrust upon you.

If the wedding bells you rang don't sit well with the government

When you were planning your wedding, you may have been both excited and nervous at the same time. Given the fact that you were planning to leave your country of origin and come to Texas, you may have had a thousand questions about your soon-to-be new life in the United States. Although you were likely thankful that marring a U.S. citizen would also be a valid means of obtaining a green card, you might have anticipated that there would be challenges in the process.

Fast forward to recent events when you received notice requesting your presence at a Stokes interview. You may not have ever heard the term before and likely grew immediately concerned. After all, stories abound of status problems among immigrants throughout the country.

When the status of your status puts you at risk in a police stop

Even if you've been living and working in Texas for decades without appropriate immigrant documentation, you probably never get entirely used to living as a non-immigrant in the United States. You go to work. You pay your taxes. You do your best to raise your children to respect the laws of this nation and to be proud of their heritage and the contributions they can make in their Texas community. You probably have many neighbors who relate to your situation.

Like you, they might worry from time to time about incidents that could lead to deportation. For instance, if an officer pulls you (or them) over in a traffic stop or approaches you on foot to question you.

My BAC was under .08! Why was I arrested?

Like many other Texans, you may be under the impression that you can only be arrested for drunk driving if your blood alcohol concentration is .08 or higher. That isn't always the case. Your BAC does bolster other evidence of impairment observed and obtained by law enforcement officials, but it is not the only indicator of impairment.

In fact, an officer may believe these indicators provide enough "evidence" to establish the probable cause needed to arrest you. This is because researchers have proved that alcohol can impair your ability to safely operate a vehicle even at levels below .08.

Amusement park injuries are not so amusing

With summer here, you and your family may be considering your options for a vacation. Along with trips to the beach, camping and family reunions, you and your family may be looking forward to a visit to an amusement park. You may have memories of such trips when you were a child, or maybe it's an annual tradition in your own family.

No matter how much experience you have with amusement parks, you understand that part of the lure that makes many rides exciting is the sense of danger. However, how can you know if that danger is real?

Using a store-bought product should not cause personal injury

It boggles the mind to think of how many millions of different products there are for sale in today's marketplace in Texas and across the nation. Perhaps you rarely even leave the house to do your shopping because you can find just about anything you need online. If you do venture out to in-person stores, you'll likely find multiple choices for whatever type of item you need or want to buy. You have the right as a consumer to expect the products you buy and use are reasonably safe.

In fact, that right is protected by law. Every product must meet the reasonable expectations of consumers; this undoubtedly includes safe usage. That doesn't necessarily mean every product sold is safe. There are many dangerous and defective sale items that cause injuries to people throughout the United States every year. Some who suffer are children whose toys did not work as they expected. Others are adults who suffer injuries when tools malfunction or improperly labeled medicines make them ill.

What happens after you suffer a serious traumatic brain injury

Have you ever heard anyone say that an injury will hurt worse the next day? This happens with many types of injuries, including a traumatic brain injury. You may not feel its affects right away, but that does not mean that your life is not in danger.

If you were involved in a serious accident here in Texas, you should seek medical treatment immediately. Getting treatment within the first three days of your injury may be the crucial difference in your recovery. No one may have realized that you lost consciousness even momentarily. Your symptoms may not make you think that you suffered a moderate to severe blow to your head.

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