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Shopping injuries -- more common than you think

From just browsing to finding the perfect gift for a loved one, shopping is a fun activity for most people in Tennessee. But did you also know that it can be dangerous? Shopping injuries are more frequent than you probably think, and you and your loved ones are probably at risk.

Shopping injuries stem from a wide range of accidents. Although many of these accidents involve a store owner's negligence, this is not necessarily always the case. Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to potential risks at the store.

Questions about traumatic brain injury

Though any form of injury is unfortunate, some kinds can be more devastating than others. One of those is a brain injury. Whether it's the result of a car crash, an accident at work or some other means, it can have a life-long effect on the hurt person.

If you or someone you love is unfortunate enough to suffer a traumatic brain injury, you may have many questions. These questions may only get tougher if you're considering filing a civil claim against the responsible parties. Hopefully, the following answers can shed some light on what can be a difficult subject.

A DUI conviction can have serious consequences

Did a night out on the town end with you behind bars, charged with driving under the influence? If so, you probably have some questions about what this can mean for you now and in the future. A DUI charge is a serious matter, and the consequences associated with a conviction can be significant.

What are the DUI laws in Tennessee? What consequences can accompany a conviction? Is there any way to fight a DUI charge? These are all good questions with relatively simple answers.

Divorce doesn't have to be so stressful

You might agree that life is basically a series of changing events. Sometimes, the changes in your life are ones you have intentionally caused. Other situations may occur over which you had no say or felt like you had no control. Then there are changes that fall somewhere in between, such as divorce. You may be the one to file the papers in court or you may have found yourself caught off guard when papers arrived for you to sign.  

Either way, divorce is definitely a life-changing event, one that often prompts additional changes. Such situations can be quite stressful although many Tennessee spouses have found ways to keep divorce-related stress to a minimum. The type of support system you build will likely be a key factor to how well you are able to manage stress as you work toward a fair and satisfactory settlement.  

Do you have a valid wrongful death claim?

If you lost a loved one due to an accident or any type of personal injury incident, it can be devastating for your Tennessee family. In addition to the grief and emotional trauma of your situation, you are also dealing with the financial losses that can come with a fatal accident. This can be a burden too heavy to carry alone. 

In some cases, grieving families have grounds to seek compensation through a lawsuit. A wrongful death lawsuit cannot bring back your loved one or undo the damage, but it can allow your family to regain financial stability and move. It could be beneficial for you to consider this option during this difficult time.

Do you know how to check your blind spots?

Any time you get behind the wheel, you certainly want to stay as safe as possible. Of course, you face a number of hazards on the road, ranging from other drivers to issues with your own vehicle. However, you can help yourself by remaining conscious of those hazards.

One issue is blind spots. Because vehicles have different designs, the number of blind spots you have to deal with could differ from other drivers. In most cases, drivers need to pay particular attention to the areas of the road that their mirrors may not catch.

How do children feel about divorce?

In Tennessee and throughout the world, divorce is a fact of life. You may be one of many who married years ago with such a thought being furthest from your mind, only to realize, years later, that your relationship was in trouble. Perhaps too, you tried several ways to overcome your marital problems but ultimately determined that your most viable option was to file for divorce.  

Like most good parents, you want to help your children cope in as healthy a manner as possible. Children often see the world quite differently from adults, so to avoid serious problems and provide strong support for your kids, it can help to learn more about perspectives children often have when their parents get divorced.   

A look at debt by age groups

Debt seems to be a way of life in Tennessee and across the United States, and many have accepted that they will always be paying on credit cards, medical bills and mortgages. While some in America have reached the elusive goal of being debt free, the average citizen carries about $38,000 in debt, and that doesn't even include their mortgages.

You may be among the nearly 80 percent of consumers with tens of thousands in debt. Unquestionably, debt can put a strain on your life as your paycheck stretches thinner and thinner. You may find yourself postponing important decisions, such as having children, making critical home repairs or saving for retirement. You may be interested in knowing how debt affects people of different ages and the kinds of debt people are more likely to carry throughout their lives.

Delayed symptoms and your rights as an accident victim

A car accident can leave you with injuries and physical complications that can affect your life for months or years to come. If your accident was the result of the negligent or reckless actions of another Tennessee driver, you could have grounds to pursue financial compensation through a personal injury claim. You may also have this right even if you were not initially aware of the severity of your accident injuries.

Delayed symptoms are common after a car accident. This does not diminish your right to compensation, but many victims are unaware of how they can protect their rights. If you are suffering from pain and side effects that did not show up until days, weeks or months later, you would be wise to learn more about your option to move forward with a civil claim. 

Teenage drivers pose a risk to themselves and others

As much as you may be proud of your teenager for getting a driver's license, you may also be aware that he or she may pose a danger to him or herself and everyone else on Tennessee's roads. This is not a criticism of your teen in particular, but rather a truth about all teenage drivers.

It comes down to simple inexperience behind the wheel. Practice makes perfect, and the only way for teenagers to get practice driving is to get out there and drive. Even so, there are some things that they can do to help reduce the potential for serious and fatal accidents.

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