Alex R. Hernandez Jr. - February 2019

Facing a Car Accident Without an Attorney

There’s no way around it; car accidents are scary, but the aftermath shouldn’t have to be anything but healing. After an accident, it’s common to be confused. Emotions whirl and sights and sounds bombard you from every angle as the full magnitude of the situation comes into focus. All this can escalate to something much more serious if you’ve been injured in the process. The important thing to keep in mind is that it’s normal to be frightened, and it’s even normal to be involved in a car accident every once in a while. But when your life is disrupted by the negligence of another person or corporation, you need to start looking for the right car accident lawyer to represent you and seek reparations for what you’ve been put through. The question many people ask themselves after an accident is whether or not they should even hire an attorney in the first place. The answer is simple: Hiring an experienced personal injury attorney to take your case means that you have a consummate professional working on your side. Depending on your choice in representation, you’ll find yourself with an individual who is well-versed in the laws and procedures that govern your case. Factors like statute of limitations, negotiating insurance settlements, taking lawsuits to court, figuring out the fairest settlements out of court, and dealing with accident claims can mean the difference between wasting your time and walking away with the confidence that justice was fully served. An Accident Claim Without an Attorney isn’t Just an Accident, It’s a Mistake You Memed Well Keeping the Internet Challenges on the Internet Memes are loosely defined as ongoing humorous images or videos that are posted with slight alterations over and over, and — in case you don’t know — they aren’t going anywhere. Long gone are the days of spam chain letters threatening you with tales of computer ghosts unless you forward them to 20 of your closest friends. We’re in a complete meme domain now, which is controlled by social media stars whose mere existences get more viral with every post. As such, the influence of social media trends is a genuine, viable threat if put into the wrong hands. After all, everybody wants to be a star. A spate of internet challenges based off memes has parents and authorities alike worried about what their kids may be doing behind closed doors. Two recent examples have been the ongoing joke of Tide Pods being a delicious treat and the Netflix-inspired “Bird Box Challenge,” which has seen people performing potentially dangerous activities while blindfolded to mimic the titular movie. People know better than to eat Tide Pods, and they know the pods aren’t as delightful as their bright colors may have you believe, but that’s the joke. The same goes with the mimicking of the film; it’s all a joke. The problem is that serious injury may be the punchline. The seemingly whimsical meme-play turned serious this January, when a Utah teen accidentally drove his car into oncoming traffic while partaking in the Bird Box Challenge. Luckily, nobody was hurt, but they weren’t alone in their slipups. Nearly 100 cases were called into poison control after people

WILD DIVORCE SETTLEMENTS 3 Times the Division of Assets Got Out of Control

When you’re untying the knot, it’s important to be specific about the assets you hope to walk away with. These three over-the-top divorce settlements are good examples of what not to do when dissolving your marriage.

YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDNEY ME

Back in 2001, Dr. Richard Batista donated his kidney to his ailing wife, Dawnell, to save her life. Sweet, right? It was — until Dawnell filed for divorce in 2005 and Dr. Batista demanded she give back his kidney or compensate him for $1.5 million in damages. In the end, his request was thrown out in court because the kidney was a gift — and because removing it would be potentially fatal to his ex-spouse.

A LIFE RENT IN TWO

When Moeun Sarim and Vat Navy decided to divorce after 18 years of marriage, Moeun apparently decided that, to keep the split equitable, he and his wife should divide their assets in half — literally. Moeun and his relatives cut the home down the middle, dismantled his portion, and hauled it away. Vat’s half was left standing with one wall missing.

‘HERE, MY DEAR’

In the divorce agreement between the late Marvin Gaye and his ex, Anna Gordy, it was decided that Anna would be paid from the royalties of Gaye’s next album since he had gone broke from his lavish spending. At first, Gaye decided he’d phone in the production, but he quickly discovered an opportunity to make a unique artistic statement: “I’ll give her my next album, but it’ll be something she won’t want to play and it’ll be something she won’t want the world to hear because I’m gonna tell the world the truth.” In the end, the album was a commercial flop, though critics continue to praise its raw, emotional core.

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