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What are the requirements to adopt in Kentucky?

Adoption is a wonderful gift for everyone involved. You get a child who you can love and care for. The child gets a loving and attentive home. Regardless of whether you adopt a baby, a toddler or an older child, it is a situation that can be really great. However, the state of Kentucky takes huge responsibility for children before they are officially adopted. Due to this, the state has some strict guidelines for who can adopt. It is important for such regulations to ensure the children being adopted are going to good homes where they will get proper care and be loved.

In order to adopt a child, according to KY.gov, you have to be at least 21 years old. You do not need to be married as single people can adopt. You have to attend all required meetings and agree to investigations and home visits. You also need to be able to show you are financially stable and able to care for the child. You do not have to be rich. You just need to have enough money to take care of all the child's needs while still being able to support the rest of your family. You also have to be in good health, physically and mentally. Finally, you home must be safe. It has to meet certain requirements and not pose any safety or health risks.

What does the worker's compensation process involve?

If you are hurt on the job in Kentucky, you probably will file a worker's compensation claim. This can help you to get payment for any medical care you need and possibly help you recoup lost wages. Once you file a claim, it moves through the claims process, which according to the Labor Department allows the claim to be investigated so an approval or denial can be rendered.

To begin the claim is reviewed. During this process, a lot of basic checks are done. These ensure your included all the right forms and provided all the needed information. Every detail will be checked over. If you forgot to include something, you will be contacted. It is important to make sure you pay attention to any communication and respond within the time limits or your claim may be denied.

What does it mean to assume the risk?

If you have been hurt on another person’s property and you feel that the property owner should have done more to make the property safer or to provide fair warning, the owner might counter that you “assumed the risk” by crossing onto the property or engaging in whatever activity that caused the injury. Kentucky injury victims should be careful not to be tricked into assuming guilt for an injury that is not their fault.

The idea of assuming the risk is, as defined by Findlaw, when a person knows that an activity is dangerous but chooses to engage in it anyway. The same principle applies if you cross onto a property that is damaged, under repair or under construction knowing you could get hurt. Since the risks are known, the property owner is not liable if the individual gets hurt.

Mistakes after an accident can bring trouble later

A trip to the store, to work or home from an event can quickly become the scene of pain and suffering if you are involved in a traffic accident. A motor vehicle accident can send your day into a tailspin. If you suffer injuries, you may find that you are unable to return to your normal routine for days, months or perhaps never.

In the moments following a collision, it is understandable to have all the uncertainties and what-ifs swirling in your head, and this can make it difficult to know the right thing to do. It is easy to make mistakes at the scene of an accident, but some mistakes can be costly. To avoid this, it is wise to be aware of some of the common mistakes people make after an accident and how they can affect your pursuit of fair compensation.

How can I tell if I am too drowsy to drive?

There are many reasons why drivers stay on the road for too long. Some people are trying to reach a vacation spot in another state, while commercial truck drivers may be ferrying a load across long distances. Regardless, people who drive for an extended period of time without rest could experience drowsiness. Fatigued drivers can suffer impaired ability to safely navigate Kentucky roads and put themselves and other people at risk.

The Centers for Disease Control lists a number of warning signs that you might be in danger of falling asleep at the wheel. One indicator is that you are not controlling the vehicle as well as you should. You may be drifting as you drive down a lane, perhaps sliding too close to one side or another. This can put you in serious danger of striking another vehicle that is passing by. You may also hit a rumble strip on the side shoulder. Rumble strips are indents placed on road shoulders to alert unwary drivers that they are sliding off the road.

Why older people are more prone to falling

As an aging resident of Kentucky, you may have begun noticing that you may not be as mobile as you once were, or that you are less steady on your feet than you were in your younger years. This is not at all uncommon, because as you age, you may develop a series of age-related risk factors that make you more likely to fall down and suffer a severe injury as a result. At Hensley Law Office, we recognize that seniors face numerous risks that make them more likely to suffer a slip-and-fall accident, and we have helped many seniors who suffered injury because of another’s negligence attempt to hold the negligent parties responsible.

Per AgingCare.com, one in four Americans 65 and older fall every year, and the problem is so widespread that falls are now the leading cause of injury, death and hospital visits among older populations. Just what is it about growing older that sharply enhances your fall risk?

How is property divided in a Kentucky divorce?

Whether you have just filed for divorce or you are considering legal separation, you may be faced with the task of dividing your marital property. In some cases, distributing everything you have accumulated during your marriage can be daunting and a bit emotional. You may have become attached to certain items and it can be hard giving those things away. It is important for you to understand how property division works to ensure you receive everything you are entitled to in the divorce settlement.

Kentucky is an equitable division of property state, meaning that the judge presiding over the case will divide the marital property to what he or she deems fair. The judge may take into consideration several factors including how long the marriage lasted, the occupation of each party and how much each party contributed to the marriage. The judge will then distribute the property accordingly.

When you want to keep a good relationship with your employer

At Hensley Law Office, PSC., we know that workers' compensation claims cases in Kentucky are sometimes seen as threats by employers. We believe there are several factors that could contribute to this stigma:

  • Insurance premium rates might go up even when employees collect benefits they deserve
  • Small companies might not understand the claims process, believing that denial is the final word
  • Managers might see any additional paperwork as an undue burden

We know that there is no shortage of reasons a company might have for wanting to avoid a lawsuit involving an employee's injury at work. That is why we endeavor to promote an understanding of the process in our clients and their employers alike. 

Working outdoors in the summer could be hazardous to your health

Summer is here, and it's getting hot. If you work outside, you probably already felt the Kentucky heat. Knowing how to protect yourself from it while on the job could end up saving your life.

Now is the time to take precautions to make sure that you don't suffer a heat-related illness such as heat stroke, which can be deadly, heat rash, heat cramps or heat exhaustion.

A person’s personality can change due to personal injury

People who suffer injuries to the head may experience aftereffects beyond just physical problems. A person who survives a brain trauma can undergo personality changes, sometimes to the point where the injury victim seems to be a different person than before the injury occured. Such changes can be long-lasting and should be taken into account as a Kentucky injury victim seeks counseling and rehabilitation.

According to Caretaker.com, a brain injury can sway a person’s ability to express emotions. Some people may not display basic emotional responses like laughing, smiling, or expressions of anger or sadness. In other instances, an injury victim may express an emotion that does not fit the circumstance. Additionally, a victim may wildly swing between emotional states or overreact emotionally, like breaking out in tears or laughing when there is no humorous element present.

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