Thursday, June 6, 2019

Tips For Searching for a Car Accident Lawyer

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Being in a car accident can be an extremely difficult situation, especially if legal issues are involved. You are already dealing with the physical and emotional trauma of an accident, and now have to deal with liability and insurance. Since everyone hopes to just avoid car accidents entirely, people may not know what to do after a car accident. This means that they may not know what type of lawyer to hire or how the post-accident legal process even works. Hiring a good car accident lawyer could be the difference between recovering your damages and walking away with nothing. However, how can one ensure that they find a good lawyer, and what steps can they take to make the search process easier? Here are some tips for searching for a lawyer after a car accident.

Find Referrals
One of the best ways to search for a lawyer is through referrals from friends and family. When people you trust tell you that a lawyer is high quality, then you have something to go off of. Ask around your inner circle to see if anyone knows of a high quality lawyer that can help your situation. In addition, ask in depth questions such as what the lawyer’s routine was like and how the lawyer-client interactions played out. A lot of valuable information relating to your search can be found through simple referrals and word of mouth.

Do Your Research
If referrals aren’t enough for you to find your car accident lawyer, then you’re going to have to take matters into your own hands by completing research. This means looking at local attorneys that practice the area of law that you are looking for. This also means reading reviews, testimonials, and results from their previous cases and clients. One can find out a lot about a lawyer through a little bit of research including rates, style, and effectiveness. If you’re truly dedicated to finding the best lawyer available, then you probably should do some research into potential prospects.

Meet With More Than One
One of the biggest mistakes someone who is looking for a lawyer can make is hiring the first one that they meet with. Doing this eliminates the possibility of interviewing other candidates and hearing what they have to say. You could potentially be passing on hiring an amazing lawyer simply because he wasn’t the first person you talked to. Develop a list of lawyers you would like to potentially work with and go from there. Talk to all of them and don’t decide on hiring one until you’ve heard what all of them have to say. Of course, the best match may be the first person you talk to, but you’ll never be fully certain unless you explore all of your options.

State Your Needs
One of the best things to do when looking for an attorney is clearly stating your needs and what you’re after. The search process will be much quicker and smoother if all sides have a clear understanding of what the situation is and where it took place. This can prevent a lot of wasted time on your end and can help you find the right person for the job much quicker. For example, you wouldn’t want to conduct a phone interview with a divorce lawyer in Philadelphia when you’re really looking for a truck accident attorney in Pittsburgh. Make sure your intentions are well stated and clear to avoid any potential miscommunication or wasted time on either end.

Look At Payment Plans
One of the major issues of finding a lawyer is the cost that is associated with it. You may think you have found an amazing lawyer for your case, but then eventually find out that the lawyer charges an arm and a leg for their services. Make sure that the cost and fees of a particular lawyer are an essential part of the research that was previously discussed. However, when you meet face-to-face with a lawyer, you should begin discussions about payment plans. Some lawyers may appear to be outside of your budget, however with negotiations they may allow you to establish a payment plan. This will allow you to receive the services of a high quality lawyer without putting you through financial ruin, and it's all thanks to deferred payments through a payment plan.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Pregnancy Update-Week 29

I haven't updated everyone on my pregnancy since February and a lot has changed!

Currently, I am 29 weeks and have a scheduled c-section on August 8th.  I had to have a c-section with Scarlett and it was not something that I'd want to go through again, but it's the safest route for the baby and myself.  Everyone has told me that a scheduled c-section is far easier than an emergency one and you're a lot more prepared.  I understand that but I am still nervous and anxious about it.  I'll be in the hospital for about 4 days and I've never been away from Scarlett for more than two nights her entire life.  She may do great without me, but I am concerned about it.  I'll miss her a lot but can't wait for her to come visit! I have family coming to help and she'll be in camp which makes things a bit easier.

My pregnancy with Scarlett went smoothly for the most part and I had no real concerns or worries.  This pregnancy is very different and has brought some major scares.  In the beginning, my NIPT test showed I tested positive for the baby having a major disease and I had to have an amniocentesis to rule it out completely.  Luckily, the amnio came back clear! The reason for the false positive was that we found out through a blood test that my husband is a carrier of having an extra piece of gene copy that doesn't affect his life, but triggered a false reading.  

The baby will also have this extra gene material but will be born perfectly healthy.  It's all pretty insane! Who would think you could have that inside you and be totally healthy? We had to go see a Maternal Fetal Medicine doctor who told us that we've had good luck so far with both of our children, but if we decided to have a third there could be some real issues.  Luckily, that won't be happening! 

I had to have a three hour glucose test yesterday since I failed my one hour.  Please cross your fingers that the test comes back negative for gestational diabetes! It would be very unfortunate to have to deal with that for the last 9 weeks of my pregnancy. 

Generally I feel well, but I have my days where I have less energy and my back really hurts.  I am still sleeping well and use a pregnancy pillow at night.  I only wake up to go to the bathroom once or twice which I consider not much.  My weight gain for this pregnancy is surprisingly low, but I am sure it's due to chasing after Scarlett all day! The doctor is not concerned so I am happy.  

My husband and I took Scarlett to a siblings tour at the hospital about two weeks ago.  She really enjoyed it and it was a great way to get her prepared for her new brother! The tour was provided by two labor and delivery nurses who answered the children's questions, showed them the nursery (Scarlett loved seeing the babies!), and the rooms were the parents would be staying.  One part that Scarlett really liked was getting to swaddle baby dolls in preparation for a real baby! This was certainly a fun way for her to get involved since her brother will be coming soon.

Unfortunately, we listed our house for sale again and it still didn't sell.  After many price reductions and open houses and showings, we were getting really frustrated.  We took it off the market and decided to stay temporarily.  Our plan is to have Scarlett finish preschool and then move to a town that's further north and offers lower house prices so we can buy a house that we truly love.  This means that the baby will be in our room which is not ideal, but there's nothing we can do.  He'll be sharing closet space with Scarlett and a drawer in her dresser.  The house already feels tight with 3 people and a dog living in it, I can't imagine what it'll feel like with a new baby and all the gear!

One thing I am concerned about is how Scarlett will do when the baby is here.  She seems excited and is interested, but you don't truly know how she'll do until the big day comes.  I feel sad that she won't be an only child anymore since she's had us to herself for the last 4.5 years.  The days of just picking up and going with one child will come to an end, and that will be a big adjustment.  I'll have to take two children everywhere and get used to a new normal for my family.  I've been done with bottles, diapers, and round-the-clock feedings for some time now, so it'll be interesting to be starting over again especially with the lack of sleep! Obviously, I am excited for Scarlett to have a sibling and someone to grow up with, I just feel a lot of guilt.  

I've explained to her that the baby will need me a lot more than she does right now.  She's a big girl and can do a lot for herself, but the baby can't.  I've mentioned that I'd love her help in feeding and changing the baby, and also playing with him.  I will try to involve her every way I can so she feels included and helpful.  What I've been told by others is that she could regress in various ways to show that she's not happy with all the attention being off her.  My husband and I are prepared if this does happen and we will work with her to make sure she doesn't feel that way.  I think it would be a great idea to spend one on one time with her whether it's when the baby is napping, or even if I take her out to the playground myself while my husband watches the baby.  I know that one-on-one time is vitally important!

We have all the major stuff ready for the baby including car seat and stroller, swing, all the clothes hung up in the closet, and even diapers and wipes ready.  The last thing to do is get the crib and changing table ordered and assembled and then we'll be good to go! I can't believe he'll be here in just about 9 weeks.  Time really does fly, huh?

My next update will be when the baby is here!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Why Receiving Monthly Advice From A Baby Development Guide Helps With Pregnancy

After finding out you’re pregnant, it is common to experience a full spectrum of emotions, which can often have you feeling overjoyed one minute and extremely anxious the next - or even all at the same time! Once you know that your body is preparing itself to create a human being inside your womb, you can be overcome with feelings.

Often this can be very stressful and it is essential to avoid allowing stress to invade your body during pregnancy. A sure-fire method of helping parents-to-be calm those nerves and get their emotions under control is to use a baby development guide. This way they can be as prepared as possible and they know what’s going on every step of the way.

Continue reading to find out how a baby development guide can give great advice throughout your pregnancy and why it’s necessary.

Ease The Fear of The Unknown

It doesn’t seem to matter that we’ve been giving birth as a human race for millennia, there is still so much we feel we don’t know about pregnancy and what women’s bodies go through during this time. Using a step-by-step or week-by-week or even monthly pregnancy development guide, parents-to-be can put their minds at ease as they learn on-the-go.

Each new stage brings different possible symptoms which can cause alarm if they are not properly explained and that is exactly what a baby development guide will do. Once you learn about what your or your partner’s body is experiencing and what is happening inside, it is easier to appreciate the beauty and wonder of the miracle of birth.

It's Like Your Own Personal Doctor On-Call

Doctors and midwives are excellent sources of information, unfortunately, they are not usually available 24/7 for consultations at any hour of the day regarding any random aspect of your pregnancy. Instead of storing all your questions up for your next medical appointment or turning to Google for advice, sticking to one reliable publication will help to answer all your queries with the most vital information and advice. This is what advice from a baby development guide will provide.

Speaking of timing, often parents-to-be become nervous that something they have heard should be happening isn’t happening, or that it’s too soon to be feeling certain symptoms. Every woman’s body is different and every baby develops at their own rate, so there is often no right or wrong time to be feeling something. To make sure, a baby development guide will explain how much variation is considered normal and at what point a medical professional should be consulted.

Access to Additional Resources

Many trustworthy publications will produce baby development guides that not only take you through the pregnancy period, explaining each stage of your baby’s growth but they often also offer extra resources which can be extremely practical to your planning during this stage of life.

Such resources include due date calculators, contacts for associations for extra help, forums to discuss queries and experiences with other soon-to-be parents, nutrition and/or health advice, birth plan templates, as well as endless information about all kinds of pregnancy and birth-related topics.

Get The Best Pregnancy Advice Available

Any incorrect information that parents-to-be receive can cause unnecessary stress to both mother and baby. Therefore, it is vital to subscribe to a reputable baby development guide to understand exactly what is going on and when, and avoid any needless strain on the mother and family at this crucial time. By receiving monthly advice on your little one's development, you'll also be more aware of their growth, meaning you'll be able to bond with them before they even make their entrance into the world.