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Are You Ready for Spring?

Posted on: April 15th, 2015 by Joe Cunnane

WSekaniith spring upon us the days are getting longer and the weather is getting nicer. It’s time to catch up on all those projects around the house that you put off in the winter. That means trips to the hardware store and in your downtime getting out and about to enjoy the sunshine. However you’re not alone out there.

Better weather means more traffic, road construction, and increased chances of automobile accidents. You usual commute may take longer than expected as a result. Spring also tends to be the time for new driver to practice their skills.

Changing your driving habits to accommodate these changes may take time. Prepare yourself by ensuring your vehicle is insured, in good condition, and allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination.

 

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The Importance of Proper Household Repairs

Posted on: March 6th, 2015 by Joe Cunnane

file1521271603232With the somewhat sluggish economy, some of us may have put off some much needed household repairs. While this may seem not to be a big deal, if someone is injured on your property you may be held liable if they are injured while on your property.

Household hazards need not be something major like a hole in the roof or floor to pose a danger.  A loose floorboard or an oil slick on the driveway may be enough to cause a slip that results in an injury and a claim against you.

As a property owner it is your legal responsibility to make a reasonable effort to ensure the safety of anyone on your property. Contact a local contractor you trust to ensure the repairs are done properly and that your home is safe from all foreseeable injuries.  A few minor repairs now can alleviate a larger headache in the future.

The Cunnane Law Office has provided this content for informational purposes only.  You should refer your questions to a personal injury attorney.

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Take Care of The Ones You Love

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by Joe Cunnane

file0001133443192While none of us like to think of a future where we are not around to take care of our families it is an eventuality that we must all face someday. Here at Cunnane Law we strive to make the process as easy as possible to make sure your whishes are honored.

We make the process simple and convenient by sending out a questionnaire for you to fill out at your convenience which we will then use to draft out your Will and Estate documents for your approval.  After you have approved these documents we will set up a time to meet with you and finalize the documents.  Our standard will package contains four documents: Last Will and Testament, Healthcare Directive, Healthcare Power of Attorney, and Financial Power of Attorney.

Our goal is to give you peace of mind knowing that your family will be taken care of in the event of your absence.

 

The Cunnane Law Office has provided this content for informational purposes only.  You should refer your questions to a personal injury attorney.

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Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

Posted on: February 13th, 2015 by Joe Cunnane

Water SpoutAfter being injured in an auto accident is no time to start learning how to navigate the insurance world on your own. You may already be burdened with medical expenses and car repairs while being unable to work due to your injury. This is where a navigator or personal injury lawyer comes into play. They can help you file the proper paperwork and insure that everything is done by the book allowing you to focus on what you need to do to get better.

The insurance company is a business. They make their profits by paying out the least amount of money possible for your injury claim. They do this every day and have become successful for it. Likewise a good personal injury lawyer makes their profit by ensuring you get every cent that you are entitled to. In fact in my book “What Every Injured Victim In Washington State Must Know To Avoid Getting Ripped Off!”, I mention that Allstate paid out the average NON represented case at $3,464 while represented cases averaged $7,450.

If you are still wary about contacting a personal injury lawyer regarding your case there are four criteria in which I believe you should still at least speak with an attorney : If you have been seriously injured, or a loved one was killed as a result of an accident, the actions of the insurance company involved are unacceptable to you, your injury claim has been denied, or the at-fault party doesn’t have insurance. A quick consultation can help you decide if you are ready for legal representation.

 

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Be Cautious When Speaking to an Insurance Adjuster

Posted on: January 29th, 2015 by Joe Cunnane

file0001645006196In the moments after an accident has occurred you may be disoriented or in a heightened emotional state. This is not the time to be making any type of formal statement to an insurance adjuster about the incident. In my book What every Injured Victim in Washington State Must know to avoid getting Ripped Off!, I discuss this as one of the common blunders that can destroy your accident settlement. You can find my book at www.cunnanelaw.com.

The insurance adjuster will want to get you to make your statement as soon as possible, not to help you but to increase the probability of you making mistakes that will decrease the settlement amount they need to pay. Simple statements such as “I’m Fine,” after an accident can be interpreted to mean that you were not seriously injured and therefore are not entitled to compensation.  Even the common courtesy of saying you’re sorry could mean that you have admitted guilt or fault for the accident while your intention could be that you are sorry the event occurred.

It is important to remember even in a heightened emotional state that the insurance company is not necessarily your friend. They are a business and their profits are based on paying out as little as possible for your claim. It is during these stressful times that legal representation can be most effectively used to protect you and your insurance claim.

 

The Cunnane Law Office has provided this content for informational purposes only.  You should refer your questions to a personal injury attorney.

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Create a Safe Environment in Your Home

Posted on: October 8th, 2014 by Joe Cunnane

file6781242268130Accidents can happen anywhere. They might be the result of nature, distractions or neglect. You can minimize injuries in your home by creating a safe environment.

Keep Medication and Chemicals out of Reach – If you have chemicals or medications in your home, clearly mark the containers and store them in a safe place out of reach by children and animals.

Maintain Property – Decks with broken floor boards or overgrown trees near power lines can be the perfect recipe for an accident. Keeping up with maintenance can help prevent accidents.

Pools and Hot Tubs – Keep pools and hot tubs covered when not in use. A fence will prevent unsupervised children and small animals from getting in.

The Cunnane Law Office has provided this content for informational purposes only. You should refer your questions to a personal injury attorney.

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Dealing with PTSD after an Accident

Posted on: October 1st, 2014 by Joe Cunnane

After a car accident, driving can become stressful. Merging onto the freeway may raise your heart rate, change your breathing and put you into a cold sweat.

PTSD or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder may develop after experiencing a traumatic event such as a car accident that threatens your safety or makes you feel helpless. So how do you deal with Post Traumatic Stress after an accident?

For most people symptoms are only temporary lasting days, weeks or months and decrease as time goes on. Symptoms may be triggered by something that reminds you of the original traumatic events. There are three types of symptoms: increased anxiety and emotional arousal, re-experiencing the traumatic event and avoiding reminders of the trauma.
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Gradually exposing yourself to thoughts, feelings and situations that remind you of the trauma is one type of treatment called Trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy.

A woman who was in an accident on the freeway experienced symptoms of PTSD every time she drove during rush-hour traffic, in unfamiliar areas and in bad weather. She began driving 20 minutes to and from yoga once a week. On the drive there she would feel stressed from a long day of work. On her return home she was relaxed and happy. Over time she began to associate driving with good feelings again. This story demonstrates how we can reprogram ourselves through replacing bad associations with good ones.

The Cunnane Law Office has provided this content for informational purposes only. You should refer your questions to a personal injury attorney.

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Ways to Limit Stress

Posted on: September 26th, 2014 by Joe Cunnane

022_ppStress slows healing by blocking the delivery of nutrients throughout the body. Elevated levels of cortisol can increase depression, obesity, insomnia, heart disease and digestive problems. So if you are recovering from an accident and are experiencing excessive stress then here are some ways to decompress and rid your body of the stress hormone, cortisol.

Exercise – Go for a walk though nature, do yoga or play a sport. Exercise helps circulate nutrients in your body and reduces levels of cortisol. Cortisol’s purpose is to promote the release of glucose, your body’s source of fuel.

Meditate – Close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Slowing your breathing will also slow your heart rate and lower blood pressure. Be present, not thinking about the future nor the past. Set aside a time for yourself when you can truly relax because there is nowhere that you have to be and nothing that you need to do.

Eat Healthy – Fast foods with high concentrations of grease and sugar can make you feel lethargic and take your energy levels on a rollercoaster ride. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to give your body the right kind of energy.

Get Enough Sleep – A good night’s sleep allows the body and mind to recharge. When you are tired you experience more stress than when you are refreshed and full of energy.

The Cunnane Law Office has provided this content for informational purposes only. You should refer your questions to a personal injury attorney.

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How Stress Affects Healing

Posted on: September 16th, 2014 by Joe Cunnane

file4801275587119After an accident, hospital bills may begin to pile up while you are out of work due to injuries sustained in the collision. Stress is a natural response when our outlook may seem bleak. In short durations, stress keeps us alert and helps us to avoid danger by giving us a burst of energy that allows us to run or fight; but what happens when this stress builds up without relief?

Stress hormones can slow the delivery of nutrients that heal the body. What this means is that wounds will take much longer to heal when a person is experiencing excessive stress. Furthermore, prolonged stress can lead to other physical problems. Stress can become harmful when it leads to physical symptoms such as headaches, chest or back pain, elevated blood pressure and problems sleeping. Stress also weakens the immune system leaving a person vulnerable to further illness.

The solution is to relax, stay in the present and clear your mind of all the mental chatter. In the next article I will explore ways to limit stress in your life.

The Cunnane Law Office has provided this content for informational purposes only. You should refer your questions to a personal injury attorney.

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What do you do when Traffic Lights are out?

Posted on: August 4th, 2014 by Joe Cunnane

traffic+lights+outIf traffic lights are out due to a storm or power outage then drivers are to stop at the intersection as though it is a four-way-stop. Drivers must then proceed through the intersection one by one in the order of first-come-first-serve. This means that you must yield to the right of way to others who have arrived first. If two cars arrive at the same time, then the vehicle to the right will proceed first.

Pedestrians, cyclists and other road users may be confused by malfunctioning lights and signals. Be alert and aware of your surroundings. When a pedestrian is waiting to cross, they have right-of-way so vehicles must yield to all pedestrians crossing.

If traffic lights are down in your area, you may report them to your local department of transpiration. If you need to call to report an outage, please pull over to avoid driving distractions.

The Cunnane Law Office has provided this content for informational purposes only. You should refer your questions to a personal injury attorney.

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