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Mistakes That Could Harm A Car Accident Case
by cjleclaire
Oct 20, 2016 | 1883 views | 0 0 comments | 57 57 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Author: Steve Palermo

Car accident cases involving personal injury can be stressful, tedious, and confusing. They are not to be handled alone. If you’ve been injured in a car accident at no fault of your own, it’s in your best interest to find an experienced personal injury lawyer to oversee your case as soon as possible. A highly-experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to guide you in the right direction and ensure that you don’t make any mistakes that can hurt your case.

Little mistakes can put huge dents in your car accident case. And we want to make sure you never make these mistakes. Here’s a list of 13 mistakes that could hurt your car accident case as well as the financial compensation you’re entitled to for your injury and losses.

  • Lying at all about anything pertaining to your case is against the law and will ruin your entire case. Always tell the truth in a personal injury case – to your lawyer, insurance companies, on paperwork, if under oath, etc. Defense attorneys and insurance companies may literally take to conducting surveillance of you or hiring a private detective for anything to build defenses against your case. Never believe you can get away with lying in a personal injury case.
  • Mistakes on forms (insurance forms, legal paperwork, etc.) are also dangerous when it comes to your case. For example, your right to No-Fault coverage can be denied by making just 1 mistake on a form. Everything must be 100% accurate. That’s why it’s important to find a lawyer or law firm that will fill out these forms for you.
  • Talking or conversing about your case should be avoided, especially if it’s to someone hired by the at-fault driver’s defense attorney or insurance company. If they ask you anything at all, refer them to your lawyer. Talking about your case should be avoided in general.
  • Posting anything on social media relating to your case is also another mistake. It may be tempting to get your frustrations out on social media. But everything you say on social media can be used against you. Defense attorneys and insurance companies may dig through your social media and only presence for anything they can use to harm your case (and they can be extremely crafty at twisting your words/photographs). We recommend you stay off social media entirely. Deactivate your account until your case is settled.
  • Signing away on anything related to your case, before consulting with your lawyer, could be a huge mistake. The insurance company of the at-fault driver may want you to sign for a release on your medical records. This is a violation of privacy and another avenue for a defense attorney to fabricate “holes” in your case. Don’t sign any paperwork given to you by the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier or defense attorney – show it to your lawyer first.
  • Waiting to seek medical attention after an accident can harm your case. You may not think that your injury is bad. You may fear the thought that you may need surgery. Your injury may not even seem apparent right away. But no matter what, if you don’t seek medical attention directly after a car accident, your injury may seem less serious. Seek medical attention right away for your own safety.
  • Failing to go through with medical treatment, whether it’s ongoing doctor appointments or physical therapy, gives off the impression that you are healed or that you aren’t taking your recovery or the case seriously. You may be entitled to less compensation should you fail to go through with all of your medical treatment. No matter how tedious it may seem and how scary it is to watch medical bills pile up, you’re much better off making every doctor appointment related to your recovery, for both your well-being and for your case.
  • Not reporting prior injuries that may have been exacerbated by the accident can hurt your case. The fact that your injury was there before the accident took place will not prohibit you from receiving compensation if the accident made it worse. The accident further injured you – and you deserve compensation for that. Withholding this information can harm your case.
  • Not obtaining a police report is a huge mistake. You must call 911 following a car accident to file a Traffic Collision Report. This is crucial to your case. A report may contain witness statements and information that is extremely valuable to your case.
  • Waiting to apply for No-Fault coverage is also huge mistake. There’s a time limit to apply for No-Fault coverage supplied by the insurer, which covers economic losses related to your injury/accident. This No-Fault coverage of $50,000 can be a lifeline. Problem is, you only have 30 days to file for No-Fault coverage from the time of your incident. Seems unfair, right? You may be hospitalized for that amount of time. In this scenario, a personal injury attorney that will arrange a visit to your hospital is crucial. You can’t make any mistakes on this form, and it has to be filed within 30 days. There’s simply no way around it – don’t wait.
  • Getting rid of evidence that pertains to your injury such as casts, prescription pill bottles, braces or anything else, isn’t a good idea. These items can be used as evidence of your injury’s severity and should not be discarded.
  • Neglecting to document your injuries through photos or videos can be considered a mistake, since these photos are also evidence of your injury and the severity of it. Also, if possible, take pictures of any damage to your car from the accident.
  • Neglecting to tell your lawyer about a request from the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier to have an Insurance Medical Examination is a mistake. These doctors are insurance doctors. Their aim is to either disprove that you have an injury or demean its severity, which could leave you with less financial compensation. Call your attorney right away if the at-fault driver’s insurance company request that you receive an Insurance Medical Examination.

If you trust your personal injury lawyer to get you the highest possible financial outcome from your case, it’s best to be upfront and honest with them about everything. A personal injury case can be a fragile thing, easily dismantled by defense attorneys. And insurance companies have one goal in mind – keeping their money. They’re trained on ways to keep you from getting the compensation you deserve. They know exactly how to trick you into thinking you’re safe and will be taken care of, but that’s simply never the case. They display a thin veneer of kindness at first. But since your well-being is not their main priority, they’ll do what they need to do either delay or fully withhold the payments you’re entitled to for your losses.

Don’t just look at these as tips…look at them as if they are rules. This is a fight that your personal injury lawyer is taking on for you. So it’s in your best interest to listen to, remember, and follow everything they say to the T.

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Oct Should I Go Through My Insurance For Collision Coverage Or The Other Drivers?
by cjleclaire
Oct 20, 2016 | 1857 views | 0 0 comments | 78 78 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Author: Steve Palermo

If you’ve recently been in a car accident and your car has been damaged, you might be wondering how to go about covering the costs of repair. If you have collision coverage, great! We believe everyone should have collision coverage. Collision coverage can be seriously helpful should you ever be hit by an uninsured motorist.

Knowing what to do in regards to insurance and covering the property damage to your car can be confusing, especially if you’re a safe driver and have never been in an accident. But we’re here to help explain. You have options to cover your property damage with collision coverage: go through your own insurance, or the other driver’s. Both have their pros, and both have their cons.

The Pros of Going Through Your Own Insurance Carrier

  • Your own insurance company will want to make you happy – they’ll likely be timely regarding the situation
  • It’s quicker than going through the other party’s insurance, since there’s initially no investigation into who’s at fault
  • You’re entitled to that coverage even if you’re at fault

The Cons of Going Through Your Own Insurance Carrier

  • There’s a deductible involved with collision coverage – usually between $500-$1,000 – and your coverage will only kick in after your deductible has been met
  • After your insurance carrier has paid you for your car damages (minus deductible), they will perform what is known as “subrogation”
    • Your insurance carrier will contact the other driver’s insurance company in attempt to prove their liability for the damage and recover funds for the costs of the repairs including your deductible
    • Scenarios: If you are found to be 70% liable, you’ll be reimbursed with 30% of your deductible; if you are found 40% liable, you’ll be reimbursed with 60% of your deductible; if you aren’t found at fault, your deductible will be reimbursed in full; but, if you are found fully at fault, your deductible will not be reimbursed

The Pros of Going Through The Other Driver’s Insurance Carrier

You may believe that you are not at all at fault for this car accident. And so, you choose to file a claim against the “at-fault” driver’s insurance carrier so their collision coverage can pay for your car’s damage. There’s one important pro in this decision.

  • If the driver’s insurance company agrees that they are at fault, there is no deductible involved

The Cons of Going Through The Other Driver’s Insurance Carrier

  • If the driver’s insurance company does not agree that they are at fault, they will conduct a full investigation and only voluntarily pay for what they believe they’re at fault for
  • Investigation could take a long time
  • Insurance companies may be biased and favorable toward their policy holder
  • You’ll only be offered an amount based off the percentage they believe their driver to be at fault
  • Even if this offer is unfair, you can only negotiate so far before your case ends up in court

We know how confusing it can be to deal with insurance companies, even if it’s your own. So we take every chance we can get to clarify confusion, answer questions, and be an informative outlet for our followers. We hope you never have to deal with this scenario, but should you need to, we hope this helps.

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Can Car Accidents Cause PTSD?
by cjleclaire
Sep 12, 2016 | 5309 views | 0 0 comments | 316 316 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Author:Steven Palermo: The Suffolk Personal Injury Lawyer

You hear about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that military service members experience from active duty. However, studies now show that many motor vehicle accident victims also suffer from PTSD.

According to the National Center for PTSD, research shows motor vehicle accidents are a common cause for traumatic stress, including:

  • PTSD
  • Major Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders

What Is Your Emotional State? Are You Experiencing These Symptoms?

While many people experience PTSD symptoms right after the traumatic incident, others may not experience them until months or even years later. Symptoms often include:

  • Reliving the event (same fears as during the event)
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks (feeling like the event is happening again)
  • Triggers (a sight, smell or sound that causes you to relive the event)
  • Fear of driving
  • Fewer positive or loving feelings towards other people
  • Avoidance of relationships
  • Inability to talk about the traumatic event
  • Viewing the world as dangerous
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Startled by loud noises or surprises

In any given year, approximately 1% of the US population will be injured in motor vehicle accidents — more than 3 million injuries annually.

PTSD Facts

Here are some facts taken from motor vehicle accident (MVA) studies regarding PTSD:

  • 9% of motor vehicle accident (MVA) survivors develop PTSD
  • An average of 60% of MIV survivors who seek mental-health treatment have PTSD
  • Of those 60% seeking mental treatment, between 3% – 53% have major depression
  • Of those 60% seeking mental treatment, 27% have anxiety disorder
  • Of those 60% seeking mental treatment, 15% report a phobia of driving

Researchers also found that the greater the physical injury and fear of dying (due to potential life-threat), the greater the chances of developing PTSD. Loss of significant others through motor vehicle accidents also makes people more prone to PTSD.

Treatments for PTSD include behavior therapy, cognitive therapy and medications. Working with a chronic pain specialist can be done together with mental health treatment.

Unfortunately, many people continue to experience symptoms for more than six months or a year before seeking mental treatment. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you seek damages to cover PTSD treatment as part of an accident settlement.

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What to do When Your Designated Driver Plan Fails
by cjleclaire
Aug 25, 2016 | 6429 views | 0 0 comments | 373 373 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

There’s no question that designating a driver reduces drunken driving accidents and saves lives.

Designated Driver Statistics

As time goes along, more and more people have gotten on board with the idea of designating drivers. A Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) survey done in 2014 showed:

  • That 75% of people designate a driver so they can return home safely
  • That 75% of the people who volunteer to be the designated driver do so to make sure they arrive home safely
  • That 85% who ride with a designated driver do so for safety reasons
  • Another reason for designating a driver was to avoid a DUI charge

Who Is Most at Risk for Drunk Driving Fatalities?

Drunk driving takes the lives of young drivers more than any other age group:

  • Drivers between the ages of 21 to 24 – 30%
  • Drivers between the ages of 25 to 34 – 29%
  • Drivers between the ages of 35 to 44 – 24%

Always preparing ahead for a designated driver shows more than good character; you’re looking out for yourself, your friends, and others on the road. Being the designated driver shows just as much good character. But what happens when your designated driver plans fail? There are other options, and you should know about these options should this ever occur.

Designated Driving

Other Options When Designated Driving Plans Fail

If everyone in your group wants to party and drink, and no one wants to be a designated driver, there are other ways to designate a driver, such as:

  • Calling a parent or other sober adult
  • Calling a taxi
  • Using public transportation
  • Chartering a limo or party bus
  • Arranging a ride through Uber or Lyft – their apps are free, and they’re great alternatives to a cab – they can get to you quicker, and you don’t need to call up a company for a taxi, just open your app, and with the tap of a finger and a debit/credit card on hand, you have a safe ride home
  • Staying overnight if at a friends house and waiting until the morning when you’re sober and are able to be your own designated driver
  • If you need your car in the morning, to go to work, run errands etc., don’t justify it – there are services on the rise that will come to you with two sober drivers, 1 to drive you and your car home and the other to drive the second vehicle – SafeRideAmerica, IDriveYourCar, and BeMyDD are just a few options you can check out – but always make sure to plan this ahead of time

Designate Your Driver Ahead of Time

Don’t wait until you’ve already started drinking to designate a driver. By then, your thinking is impaired, and you probably won’t realize you need one.

Designated drivers are on the rise. However, according to MADD, a person is injured in a drunk driving crash every two minutes. Also, on the average, 2 in 3 people will be involved in a drunk driving accident during their lifetime. To repeat, 2 in 3 people will be injured in a drunk driving accident – whether they’re the at-fault driver or not. This prediction is staggering. We all must make very precaution we can and learn not to be so complacent about our driving habits. Even one drink could impair your driving – especially if you’re on medication that enhances alcohol’s effect on the brain. Buzzed driving is drunk driving.

Be safe. Always designate a driver ahead of time. Your safety isn’t always in your hands, but in this case, it is. Never drink and drive, and never get in the car with someone you even suspect has had a drink or taken drugs. And know that there are ALWAYS available options for you (and your friends) to get home safe and sound.

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Prevent Boating Tragedy – A Guide to Safe Boating on Long Island
by cjleclaire
Aug 22, 2016 | 4680 views | 0 0 comments | 217 217 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Author: Steven Palermo: The Suffolk Personal Injury Lawyer

Cool ocean breezes on a hot summer day and the freedom of an open sea make boating a favorite pastime for many people. It’s a lifestyle for numerous Long Islanders. However, many boaters are complacent, and don’t take precautions or boating laws serious enough, which can (and has) caused tragedy. If you live on Long Island go out boating for leisure, this post can be extremely informative and perhaps save you from ever enduring a boating accident. Following the laws of boating and ensuring your safety as well as the safety of others on your boat or on the water is vital to both experiencing enjoyable rides and avoiding boating accidents.

Boating Safety Guidelines

The US Coast Guard Recommends the Following Safety Precautions

According to the US Coastguard (USCG), hundreds of people die and thousands suffer injury every year from preventable recreational boating accidents. We cannot overstate how important it is to follow the laws of boating and take the necessary precautions to avoid such tragedies:

  • Wearing a life jacket – The USCG indicates that wearing life jackets would save the lives of more than 80% of people who die while boating. Boating accidents often happen quickly, leaving no time to grab a life jacket
  • Filing a float plan – A float plan is a form that contains details, such as who is on the boat, your boating destination, radio contact, details about your vessel, estimated check in times, who to contact in the event of an emergency, etc. The USCG recommends filling out float plans not just when using larger boats but also for people canoeing, kayaking, rafting, jet skiing, etc.
  • Receiving a vessel safety check. The USCG will check your vessel for free to determine whether it’s safe and provide helpful safety suggestions

There are also numerous other precautions you can take, which include taking courses on boating, learning to swim and avoiding alcohol or drug use. Here are some other tips not stated by law, but extremely useful in regards to safe boating:

  • Before even planning an adventure at sea, check the weather forecast – check it weeks before, the day before, the morning of, and right before – bad weather can lead to catastrophe if you’re boating
  • Understand the navigational aids of the sea, such as buoys, and stay within safe, non-shallow waters – the last thing you want is to destroy your engine if it starts sucking up sand – not only can it be dangerous and unlawful not to follow navigational aids, it can also destroy your boat
  • Entirely avoid large vessels – they do not have the same capability of turning or stopping as smaller boats do, so if you see a large vessel, navigate safely away from them
  • Always have at least another person on board who knows how to drive the boat – in the incident that the driver is injured, the other individual who’s familiar with your boat’s handling, operation, and these safety tips (make sure to inform them) will have to take over driving the boat
  • Take a boating course – it can’t hurt, and you’ll be less anxious if you know more about how to fully operate a boat and what to do in case you’re ever stuck or in a dangerous situation
  • Learn how to swim – in the case of an emergency, if your boat breaks down for example, you may need to swim to shore…butnever, ever swim close to a boat – swimming too close to a boat could very well lead to catastrophe

While in many instances a boating accident is the fault of the boat owner or participants, this is not always true. If someone else’s negligence or recklessness causes a boating accident, you may have legal recourse to recover damages. Hospital and medical expenses, compensation for pain and suffering, and lost future income due to disabling injuries are matters you can discuss with an experienced lawyer.

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An Inside Tip to Quickly & Inexpensively Resolve Your Personal Injury Case
by cjleclaire
Aug 10, 2016 | 4264 views | 0 0 comments | 120 120 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink
Author:Steven Palermo

An Inside Tip to Resolving Your Personal Injury Case Quicker and Inexpensively

Resolving PI Case Quick Cheap

It’s called Alternative Dispute Resolutions (ADR), and we’d like our followers to know more about how “Arbitration” and “Mediation” (the two types of ADRs) can be better options, in particular cases, than bringing personal injury cases to trial.

Arbitration is an ADR to trial. When two parties at dispute cannot come close to an agreeable resolution, arbitration may present a better means of resolution as opposed to trial, and we’ll list exactly why.

“Binding” arbitration is when an unbiased third-party of authority meets with two at-dispute parties to come to a resolution outside of trial. The arbitrator acts somewhat like a judge and jury. They will listen to witness testimony, review evidence such as documents and photographs and make a final resolution. Since this type of arbitration is “binding”, the decision is final and both parties must abide by it. “Non-binding” arbitration does not require either side to abide to the arbitrator’s decision, but is moreover used as a guideline.

Mediation is another form of ADR. Mediation is a “non-binding” discussion wherein a mediator listens to each party’s position and makes recommendations as to how the case should be resolved. “Non-binding”, in other words, means that parties do not have to agree to the mediator’s recommendations. Mediation occurs mostly between two parties who understand that compromise is necessary to bring their case to a close. It’s the mediator’s job to help both parties come to an agreement, whereas in arbitration, the agreement is made by the arbitrator. A mediation is more of a negotiation whereas arbitration is more akin to a trial.

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Camping Safety Guidelines
by cjleclaire
Jun 14, 2016 | 9209 views | 0 0 comments | 377 377 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Schools are letting out and summer vacations begin. Many children will be heading off to summer camps as part of their vacation recreation and many families plan their own camping trips, some for family reunions. In the spirit of having fun, a few safety precautions can prevent injuries and ensure a good time for everyone.

CDC: Camping Health & Safety Tips

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides good advice for campers:

  • Get vaccinated. Your doctor can recommend vaccinations based on the area where you will be camping to help protect your family against certain diseases.
  • Prepare safe food and water. Store foods in tight waterproof bags and containers and use insulated coolers for chilling food. Ensure you cook foods to proper temperatures and also bring drinking water.
  • Plan safe physical activities. Wear helmets for bike riding, sturdy shoes for hiking and life jackets when boating.
  • Avoid carbon monoxide poisoning. Do not use gas stoves, heaters, lanterns, charcoal grills or other fuel burning equipment inside a tent, camper or enclosed shelter.
  • Avoid wild animals. Keep your distance from wild animals and store food where they cannot reach it. Part of keeping your distance includes not feeding wild animals.
  • Protect family pets. Ensure pets are vaccinated before the camping trip and while camping, check pets for ticks and remove them immediately.
  • Use bug repellant. Protect yourself against bug bites, ticks, mosquitoes, etc. and remove ticks promptly.
  • Regulate temperatures. Have ways to stay warm  by bringing sufficient bedding, plastic ground covers to insulate against dampness.  Stay cooled off by resting in the shade and drinking lots of sugar-free fluids to prevent dehydration.
  • Protect against too much sun. Use sunscreen and spend time in the shade during the hottest hours of the day.
  • Protect against water-related injury/illness. Do not swim if you have diarrhea and do not drink water when swimming. Be sure to shower off afterwards. Always wear life jackets in boats and never swim alone.
  • Stay alert and prepared. Bring a first aid kit, a compass or GPS, flashlight, and medications. Follow the weather reports so you can prepare for any hazardous weather conditions.

Enjoy Your Camping Trip

If you follow safety guidelines to protect against harm, camping can be lots of fun and everyone can have a wonderful time.

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Playground Injuries on the Rise: How You Can Protect Your Child
by cjleclaire
May 17, 2016 | 9940 views | 1 1 comments | 371 371 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Kids love to play outdoors and physical exercise is good for them. The fact that playground injuries are on the rise may be frightening to some parents. Even so, there are precautions you can take, but first, here are the facts:

According to a Romper article, the CDC did a study on emergency room visits of children who were age 14 and younger during the period of 2001 and 2013.

Group of kids having fun at school

  • 10 percent or 21,000 children a year have a form of traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Between 2005 and 2013, the statistic increased from 23 out of 100, 000 to 48 out of 100,000 children being treated for TBI
  • Boys between the ages of five to nine were more likely to sustain a brain injury
  • The increase could be attributed to the fact more children were actually using play equipment
  • Most children were injured on monkey bars and swings (The study could not determine whether more injuries occurred because they were the favorite equipment or they were more dangerous.)

The study also indicated that most children recover completely from TBI injuries, and their discomfort only lasted a few hours to a few days.

What Can You Do?

Knowing what to do to keep your child safe is important for parents. Here are some actions you can take:

If your child gets injured, be aware of concussion symptoms, which include headaches, dizziness, confusion, nausea and vomiting (AllGov).

  • Pick playgrounds with equipment that are right for your child’s age.
  • Go to playgrounds with sand or wood chip surfaces, which are safer than concrete.
  • Have your kids play with kids their age, not older kids.
  • Watch for faulty equipment.

The most important thing you can do to keep your children safe is to supervise their play.

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June 15, 2016
Amazing how many parents pay no mind to their kids at the park. Some can not even watch 1 child.

Parents let two year olds walk ahead of them behind them, and there is no supervising whatsoever.

Many mothers scream out their kids name once they can't find them, go into panic mode, but they are too busy on cell phones, or talking to others.

Been like that for decades.

And lastly, especially by Juniper park and 74 street, while having their kid or kids in the car, everyone or at least 90% make U Turns. (all day and all night long)

Long Island Man Driving Lamborghini Dies in Single Car Run-Off-Road Crash
by cjleclaire
Jan 05, 2016 | 11505 views | 0 0 comments | 300 300 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Port Jefferson, Long Island Car Crash

CBS New York reported that Glen Nelson, age 48, who lived in Belle Terre died in a crash when his Lamborghini left the road Sunday afternoon around 3:40 p.m. His car hit a pole. After police arrived at the scene, he was transported to Saint Charles Hospital in Port Jefferson where the hospital staff pronounced his death. Police impounded the vehicle as part of the accident investigation.

We are all saddened by such tragedies and ask ourselves, how could something like this happen?

A report by the National Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) provides some facts that shed light on causes of fatal single vehicle, run-off-road (ROR) accidents. Here are a few facts and factors often involved:

  • About 70% of single vehicle accidents are ROR accidents.
  • Drivers with alcohol use are more likely (86.5 %) than sober drivers (58.3 %) to be involved in ROR crashes.
  • Speeding vehicles are more likely (90%) to be involved in ROR crashes than non-speeding vehicles (59.5 %).
  • Curved road segments are more often scenes for ROR crashes than straight roadways.
  • Rural roads are the scenes of more ROR crashes than urban roads.
  • ROR crashes occur most frequently on roads with higher posted speed limits of 60 mph or higher.
  • ROR crashes happen more often on roads with one or two lanes than roads with more lanes.
  • ROR accidents occur more often during adverse weather conditions such as rain, sleet, snow and fog.

Our Long Island attorneys  at Palermo Touhy Bruno hope you drive safely and avoid accidents as we enter into the holiday and winter season.

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Celebrity Divorces: Angry Divorces to Avoid and Amicable Examples to Follow
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Dec 10, 2015 | 13895 views | 0 0 comments | 378 378 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

Suffolk County Divorce & Family Law Attorney:Celebrity Divorces

It is no secret that celebrities are often put in the position of role models for the rest of society. So, when celebrity couples divorce, people take notice.

Without a doubt, the media has capitalized on celebrity divorces that were heated and painful displays of how not to divorce. Charlie Sheen’s marriages with Denise Richards and Brooke Mueller both involved allegations of domestic violence and angry communications. Their divorces were neither simple nor amicable.

In contrast, some celebrities have provided good examples of amicable divorces. The divorce between Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert comes to mind. In a recent interview, Miranda Lambert tells fans not to pick a side because it doesn’t help anyone. She says there isn’t a side to pick anyway and explains she had a great relationship with an amazing man, so she knows what good is, and that gives her a great launching pad for the future. Aside from having great attitudes, some legal factors that helped them to divorce smoothly and quickly were the fact they had no children, had a prenuptial agreement and the waiting period in Oklahoma is short. Hours after the media announced their split, reporters discovered their divorce had already become officially final. US Magazine reported Blake as saying they only had a nine or 10 day waiting period after filing.

While not quick, the divorce between Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner has involved communication and cooperation between the couple. They want to divorce amicably for the sake of their three children. They announced their decision to end their marriage together, rather than separately, releasing a statement that “After much thoughtful and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce.” According to Closer Weekly, they had been separated for 10 months, but Ben was still living at the house. They made a conscious effort to save their marriage. When unable to reconcile, they also wanted to make their divorce as easy as possible for the kids. They’ve been seen running errands together and going places together since announcing their divorce plans.

For anyone considering divorce, it is important to have an effective divorce lawyer you feel comfortable with to discuss your options and work out the best approach. Based on the issues you face, your divorce will differ from someone else’s and require tailored representation. Chris Palermo is an experienced Long Island divorce lawyer who has helped numerous clients effectively deal with the difficulties of divorce.

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