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Car accidents can be devastating both financially and emotionally, but there are some things that people do that can make them even more so. At Clark Law Group, we help accident victims fight for the compensation they need to recover in comfort following a car crash. While we do everything we can to ensure that accident victims walk away with a fair settlement, there are some actions that victims take prior to meeting with us-or even afterwards-that sabotage their chances of winning. To prevent that from happening to you, our knowledgeable Dallas car accident lawyers want to share with you five crucial missteps to avoid after you are involved in a Dallas car accident.

#1: Failing to Seek Medical Care

Too many accident victims assume that their injuries 'are not that bad,' and so they fail to seek medical attention immediately after the accident. Unfortunately, without an accident medical report, it can be nearly impossible for you to recover compensation for any latent injuries. If you do try to claim injuries later on, the insurance company or judge might say that the injuries occurred sometime after the fact, such as when you hit the beach the following weekend, or when you decided to go rock-climbing the next month.

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People take elevators and escalators on a daily basis, sometimes as much as two or three times a day. Most people do not give a second thought to the safety of these modes of transportation, but they should. According to the CDC, elevators and escalators kill approximately 30 people and seriously injure 17,000 on an annual basis. Elevators account for 90% of the deaths and 60% of the injuries. Nearly half of injuries and fatalities happen to individuals who are assigned to maintain or work on elevators or escalators.

Depending on the nature of the accident, escalator and elevator accidents can result in serious injuries, including but not limited to paralysis, amputation, or even death. If you were injured on your daily ride up or down an elevator or escalator, or if you lost a loved one to an elevator accident, reach out to the compassionate Dallas personal injury attorneys at Clark Law Group for immediate legal representation. We can review the circumstances surrounding the accident and discover the evidence necessary to build a solid case.

Determining Legal Liability in Elevator Accidents

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In most cases, child support terminates when a child turns 18 or graduates from high school, whichever comes last. However, there is one exception to that rule, and that is if the child is disabled. If a child is disabled and unable to care for him or herself, the Texas courts may order indefinite child support be paid to the primary parent. This is the only time that a Texas court can order a parent to continue making payments beyond the age of emancipation. If your child has a disability that prevents him or her from being able to care for him or herself, reach out to the Dallas child support attorneys at Clark Law Group for help modifying your child support order.

Proving Disability is Key

A person may receive or be ordered to pay child support after a child turns 18 if the disability either manifested itself or was known to exist prior to them reaching the age of 18. The disability can either be physical or mental. It is not necessary for the child to be institutionalized or hospitalized to have child support extended indefinitely.

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Before you and your spouse got a divorce, you loved taking last minute vacations to the Gulf Coast, or going on spontaneous road trips to the Grand Canyon, and even though you and her are now divorced, your love for spontaneity has not changed. You are tempted to pick up and go-with your child, of course-on your next adventure, but then you wonder: Do you need permission from your child's other parent first? The answer is yes. This is especially true if you plan on crossing state or international borders, as you may need several forms of identification-including proof of mailing address-to get back home.

Taking a trip with a child almost always involves extensive planning, but if you are a divorced parent, 'almost' becomes 'always.' However, this is for both yours and your child's safety. These rules were put in place to protect children from kidnapping, and to prevent you from being charged with kidnapping. For these reasons, consider these common issues parents face when planning travel with kids post divorce.

Parental Interference

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As the divorced parents of a young child, you do not have to worry about matters like school schedules, recreational activities, and back to school supplies. However, eventually your child will be in grade school, and once he or she is, your parenting schedule and your parenting rights will change. If this is the year that your child enters kindergarten, you are in for some big changes. However, with the help of a Dallas custody attorney, hopefully those changes will be for the better.

Establish a School Schedule

At the Clark Law Group, we recommend that parents discuss a school parenting schedule before the divorce is final, even if the child is still an infant at that point. While situations may change over the course of five years (and they likely will), having a template in place for what you want for your child will help you to establish a better arrangement when it is actually necessary.

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