The Thursday Three – 2.6.2020


My child was injured in a car accident – how long do I have to file a claim?

Dealing with the injury of your child can be scary, especially if it is the result of a car accident. While the way that car accident cases involving children are handled very similarly to the way that cases are handled for adults, there are two very distinct differences to remember:

1. Unless the child was a teenager who caused the accident, the liability is usually very clear when it comes to a child’s injury. It won’t matter if your child was in the car that caused the accident or not – they were an innocent bystander and their injuries should be covered.

2. The statute of limitations, or the amount of time you have to file a claim, is “tolled” or extended until the child reaches 18. That means that the normal two-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases in Texas doesn’t expire until the child’s 20th birthday.

It is important to remember, however, that even though the statute of limitations is longer for a minor, it doesn’t mean that you should wait until they are 18 to seek legal advice. Making sure that you are taking all of the right steps very soon after the accident can help protect the child’s legal rights later on down the road.


25 tiny habit changes that will make you a different person a year from now

The old adage of “slow and steady wins the race” is especially true when it comes to self-improvement. That is why we loved this article on 25 tiny habit changes that can make you a completely different person in a year. The focus is not to completely change overnight. Rather, the list is made up of little adjustments you can make each day that overtime add up to some big results. Some of our favorites include telling people you are proud of and thankful for them, opening your mail right away, paying attention to the factors you need to do good work (maybe you need silence, or your phone in another room, or a 15-minute break every two hours), and saying yes to something that scares you. You’ll be surprised at the improvements you can make in just 12 months!


How to be mindful in the winter to beat the blues

Overcast skies, shorter days, and unpredictable weather can make for gloomy moods. Figuring out how to be more mindful, or present in the moment, can help alleviate stress and foster appreciation for the little things, which can naturally boost your mood. This article on tips for winter mindfulness outlines how to take everyday tasks like beginning your day, talking with friends, eating, walking, and listening to music to a new level by paying attention to detail instead of passively letting your mind and feet take you along.

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