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How do courts determine “the best interests of the child”?

If you are facing divorce, top priority will be helping your children adjust to this new chapter in their lives. There will be child custody and visitation issues to sort out, usually with input from the court.

In such matters, a judge will always make decisions based on the best interests of the child. What factors are involved?

Can you choose your own doctor in a workers' compensation case?

Employees sustain injuries every year in Georgia. In 2016 alone, 134 salaried workers sustained fatal injuries and even more suffered serious wounds. 

In the aftermath of a workplace injury, you need to seek immediate medical attention. The law requires your employer to have workers' compensation insurance, and your boss must send you to the hospital to review your injuries. Following a trip to the hospital, you need to see a doctor for routine check-ups to determine whether you can go back to work. A lot of workers want to go to their usual doctors. Many employees are skeptical of doctors their employers choose because they may have a vested interest to send you back before you are ready. Fortunately, there is a way you can start seeing your personal doctor for treatments. 

Understanding divorce and separate maintenance

When a couple has decided that staying together is no longer feasible, they may believe divorce is their only option. Though there are some similarities, separate maintenance, which is similar to a legal separation granted in other states, is a different process from divorce.

Having an understanding of the difference between divorce and separate maintenance may be beneficial. Here are a few key factors to keep in mind.

3 mistakes to avoid when dealing with insurers

Dealing with red tape is never enjoyable. If you have ever had to deal with an insurance company, though, you know that this is exactly what it typically entails. This is especially true if you happen to be filing a claim. Doing so often triggers an onslaught of interrogation and inconvenience at the hands of the insurer. There are several mistakes that can make it even worse, though.

Be sure to avoid these missteps when you are dealing with an insurance company. Any of them could make it easier for an insurer to deny your claim and withhold the compensation that you may be entitled to. 

What you should know about workplace PTSD claims

While growing up in the Cumming area, you probably figured you would learn a vocational skill before starting your own company. To achieve that goal, you have to first get past the experience stage. It never crossed your mind that you would end up suffering from a severe case of PTSD after working for years as a nurse. Now the thought of you going to work has caused you to develop a mental health condition because of the traumatic workplace event, preventing you from functioning normally and bringing home a steady income. 

Financial stress can add to the pressures you feel and cause delays in your recovery. Fortunately, you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical expenses and lost wages to help ease your stress and enhance your recovery. Post-traumatic stress disorder workers’ compensation claims should at least have proper documentation on: 

  •        PTSD symptoms that last no less than one month after the date of the triggering incident.
  •        The triggering event, be it mental or physical.
  •        The incident, which should have occurred while the claimant was performing job-sanctioned responsibilities. 

Understanding the Georgia paternity process

Separations and divorce can be trying times for all parties. In situations involving children, it is important that parties handle family disputes properly. 

In cases where the paternal father does not receive that designation, he may not be able to fully exercise his parental rights. Therefore, it is important to understand the paternity process in Georgia.

Workers' compensation and repetitive stress injuries

You may be in a line of work that requires you to perform a certain type of motion repeatedly, and over time you may be unable to perform your job without pain.

You may have a cumulative trauma injury, also known as a repetitive stress injury, that has developed gradually. This is a common workplace issue, and it often leads to a workers' compensation claim.

Pre-existing conditions and your workers' comp claim

If you find yourself hurt on the job, there may be workers' compensation available to assist you while you are out of work. These funds may be critical to relieving the financial burdens you face so you can focus on healing. 

Some workers may worry about employers denying their workers' compensation claims due to pre-existing conditions. Thankfully, in the state of Georgia, there are laws that govern such situations to provide a fair result for both parties.

6 steps to take immediately following a vehicle crash

A car crash can be a harrowing experience. You may feel dazed afterward and find it difficult to pull your scattered wits together. However, if you can remember a handful of essential steps that should be followed and take action, you will get through this rough time with as little stress as possible.

If you have a cell phone with you, one tip is to remember that it has a camera. You can use it to snap pictures of the accident scene and the damage to the vehicles involved. Here are six additional tips to add to your post-accident to-do list:

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