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People go to the shooting range for all sorts of reasons — to hang out with their friends, blow off some steam or build up their skill with a new firearm. These ranges are often popular, successful businesses. Most people who visit shooting ranges will come away with stories about their experience and accuracy, not injuries.

Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen where many people handle firearms in close proximity to one another. No matter how well-organized and safety-focused your favorite shooting range is, you could potentially wind up suffering an accidental gunshot wound due to someone else’s negligence, a malfunctioning weapon or other circumstances.

Not everyone who wants to shoot can handle their guns

Different shooting ranges have different policies, but many allow people to bring their own firearms or to rent firearms for use on the range. Just because somebody was able to buy a 12-gauge shotgun doesn’t mean that they can handle the recoil when they fire it. The same is likely true for the larger and higher caliber firearms sometimes available for rental at shooting ranges.

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The purpose of any personal injury lawsuit is to compensate a victim after an accident that was someone else’s fault. The goal, meanwhile, is to get enough compensation to help the victim get as close as possible back to what their life was like before it was disrupted by the accident.

Part of that is making sure the victim doesn’t have to pay accident-related bills out of their own pocket. It is easy to prove how much a victim is owed for medical expenses and lost wages just by looking at the total of their medical bills and missed paychecks. But bills are far from the only consequence of an injury-causing accident, and other consequences may have a far greater impact on your life.

How do you calculate the value of physical pain? What about the stress and emotional harm an accident causes? No amount of money can ever take away that pain. But we can get close to assigning a monetary value by examining what effect your injury has had on your life.

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After receiving medical care following a motor vehicle accident, it’s important to file an insurance claim. However, with so much going on in your life, you need to proceed with caution, as neglecting to do so can result in a mistake that costs you money in the long run.

Here are some of the most common insurance claim mistakes:

  • Saying too much: Yes, you want to file a claim as soon as you can. And yes, you need to provide your agent with basic information about the accident, such as where it occurred. However, don’t dive too far into the details until you understand your legal rights and are comfortable answering questions.
  • Agreeing to make a recorded statement: If your agent asks you to make a recorded statement, you have the right to turn them down. Doing so while under stress is a mistake, as you could say the wrong thing or misinterpret what’s asked of you.
  • Trusting your insurance agent: Many people have a longstanding relationship with their agent, so they trust them to do the right thing if they’re in an accident. You shouldn’t put all your trust in your agent, because at the end of the day it’s a business. They’re going to do what’s best for them, their company and their bottom line. So, you need to do what’s best for you, and that means not putting your trust in your agent.
  • Accepting their first offer: You want to put your accident behind you as soon as you can, and your insurance company knows this. So, they may make you a lowball offer in the hope that you take it. Don’t accept any money from an insurance company until you’re 100% sure that it’s the right thing to do.

You’re faced with many challenges after a car accident, especially if you suffered a serious injury that requires long-term treatment.

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A Texas man is recovering after a devastating turn of events that required the amputation of both of his legs and left two people dead.

The man was traveling on Interstate 45 near Rankin, Texas, around 1:30 a.m. one recent morning when he pulled over his Chevrolet Suburban to try to help others who were involved in a crash.

Here’s what happened next: Police say that a Lincoln Navigator towing a trailer was on I-45, heading south. The Navigator, carrying a couple and their two young children, sustained a flat tire. They got to the side of the road and stopped, and the trailer was rammed by a Mazda.

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If you have a loved one who lives in a Houston nursing home, you expect the professional staff to provide the highest level of care. In some cases, however, the residential settings where elders should receive respect and compassion become more akin to prisons.

Elder abuse — from stealing money to verbal harassment and even physical violence — occurs when nursing homes mistreat their residents in some manner. Relatives who rely on nursing homes to care for their older family members may live far away or may not be in a position to continuously monitor living conditions. Unchecked, nursing home abuse can cause great emotional, financial and physical harm to seniors.

Nursing homes provide a variety of nursing and medical services, and elder abuse in institutional settings can qualify as medical malpractice. If you are a loved one of a senior who is suffering — or if the mistreatment is directed at you personally — it’s critical that you work with experienced legal experts to understand the options for stopping the nursing home abuse and seeking compensation that your loved one deserves.

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