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Life-changing personal injury can follow medical malpractice

Anyone in Mississippi who came out of the hospital in poorer health than when he or she was admitted might have questions about available legal options. Suffering personal injury and needing costly medical treatment as the result of medical negligence is unacceptable. However, what constitutes medical malpractice? It is defined as medical negligence, which is an act or omission (failure to act) by a medical professional that deviates from the accepted medical standard of care.

The health care profession recognizes a certain standard of medical care as reasonable, and patients have the right to receive that standard of care. In a medical malpractice lawsuit, it is important for the plaintiff to show that negligent acts or the failure to act were in violation of the standard of medical care. In addition, the court requires proof that the plaintiff's injuries would not have occurred had there not been negligent care or actions. A case of an unsatisfactory outcome without evidence of negligence will not be grounds for a lawsuit.

Family law: Steps to protect a small business in divorce

Ending a marriage will always be a challenging and often traumatizing process. Dealing with a divorce and other family law matters can be even more daunting when the fate of a small business is at stake. Mississippi is an equitable distribution state when it comes to property division, with the general rule that the spouses must divide their assets in a fair though not necessarily equal manner.

The first steps in protecting a small business are to gather all the relevant business records and documents. These include agreements, financial reports, accounting records and bank statements of the company. A current, fair valuation of the business will also be required.

Distracted driving is an expensive choice

When a person is distracted for any reason, he or she is significantly more likely to be involved in a car accident. Most of the time, distraction is the result of looking at a phone, texting or even scrolling through Facebook, but there are many other things that can occupy a driver's attention. Looking at billboards, adjusting the GPS, talking to a passenger and even eating can all be distracting.

You know that distraction is one of the leading causes of accidents in Mississippi and across the country. Most people are aware of how dangerous it can be, yet it remains a growing safety concern. Insurance rates for distracted driving are higher than ever because of the frequency of accidents caused by this negligent behavior.

Grandparents take on important caregiving role in opioid crisis

Most of the time, grandparents have a very special place in the lives and hearts of their grandchildren. They give love and gifts to the grandchildren, and support and free childcare to their grandchildren’s parents.

But increasingly, grandparents are playing a larger practical role in the lives of their grandchildren, and the reasons why are sometimes tragic. Recent research suggests that in states with higher rates of opioid use and addiction, there were correspondingly high rates of grandparents raising their grandchildren. Unfortunately, Mississippi is near the top of the list.

What to do if your teen is involved in a car crash

It’s one of the most common nightmare scenarios for parents of teenagers: you get a call, informing you that your teen has just been involved in a car collision. Your first thoughts will be for your child’s well-being. Soon thereafter, you may start to think about the various implications of insurance and liability.

If your child has recently been involved in a car crash, or if you want to be prepared for a future instance, it is crucial that you know the proper steps to take. Having the right knowledge may improve your chances of receiving recompense for your child’s injury, avoiding huge increases in your insurance payments, and successfully defending any claims leveled against you and your child.

How to help young children cope with divorce

Divorce may come easily to you; maybe it's what you've wanted for years. Or, maybe it's tough, the end of a marriage you never honestly thought would end until it did. You have a lot of things you need to work through as you move forward with your life.

Either way, as a parent, you need to put your children first. Remember that this is probably difficult for them either way. They may feel abandoned, sad, confused or even angry. Young children may not understand exactly what is happening or why, and this helplessness makes it that much harder.

Credit card debt and divorce: Some do's and dont's

When you decide to divorce, it's natural to think long and hard about the property division process. This may lead you to create a property division checklist, make note of what's separate and what's marital property and keep an eye out for hidden assets.

As you do all this, you should also focus on any credit card debt that you have with your spouse. This may not be as interesting to you as dividing assets, but it's still a big part of the divorce process.

How to teach your children to avoid dog attack incidents

Imagine your child walks a short distance to school every morning, but there are several dogs that run around untethered in your neighborhood. Although you call animal control every time you see one of these animals, it seems that there's always the chance a new dog will show up and threaten the safety of your child when you least expect it.

It's time to prepare your child for an unknown dog encounter, so that they can avoid getting attacked and hurt if the animal turns aggressive. Here are some important safety tips to teach your son or daughter in this regard:

Viewing child custody proceedings as a battle is bad for kids

Getting divorced is it an emotionally complex process. People often experience the different stages of grief as they head toward the end of their marriage. They may also experience extreme frustration at how long it takes to go from filing divorce to finalizing divorce. This process is even longer when you have minor children.

Protracted divorce proceedings can sometimes lead to a build-up of intense emotions. That can lead both parents in a divorce to push as hard as possible for their preferred outcome. Unfortunately, when parents choose to fight it out over custody, the children are the ones who lose.

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