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Since 1986 Chuck Pardue has been practicing law and successfully represented over 2000 clients worldwide.

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Military Disability Law Each year, thousands of military personnel stationed around the world leave active duty and seek to return to jobs they held before entering the service or look to find their first, or new, civilian jobs. According to government statistics, between October 2001 and February, 2008, more than 30,000(1) veterans returned home with service-connected disabilities (e.g., amputations, burns, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injuries).(2)

Since 1977 Chuck Pardue, as a military and later as a civilian legal counsel, represented over 1,000 military clients at Physical Evaluation Boards including five Army Physical Boards at Fort Gordon, and The Presidio in San Francisco, California, until they closed; Walter Reed, Fort Lewis, and San Antonio, which still process active duty Army cases.  He represented Navy and Marines at Balboa, in San Diego, and at Bethesda, Maryland. All Air Force cases were conducted at the Air Force PEB in San Antonio. He also represented Coast Guard and National Health Service members. Mr. Pardue is one of the few lawyers who took military disability cases from the initial medical boards all the way to the Claims Court and the Federal Court of Appeals in Washington D.C.


Mr. Pardue carefully screens the cases he accepts to formally appeal to minimize legal expenses to his clients.  Consequently, he has enjoyed a favorable success rate on the cases he presents to the various boards. His knowledge of  DOD Directives, Military Regulations and the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities along with an appreciation of the way the PEBs reach decisions on important fitness and disability issues has proven invaluable to his many military clients.  In many cases, after a review of the relevant medical and personal facts, he successfully helps clients navigate the intricacies of the military disability system without the necessity of a formal hearing. Based on his over 30 years experience in representing active duty clients from Private E-1 to Generals,  from Viet Nam to Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans, he is able to provide an honest  realistic assessment of military disability cases.

 

Personal Injury falls under Tort Law. Personal Injury involves civil law cases where you are trying to obtain compensation for an injury you sustained to your person. Physical injuries to your person could arise from being involved in an automobile accident, a railroad accident, airline or other common carrier accident, a construction or other workplace accident, being injured as a result of a dangerous or otherwise unsafe product and other injury-causing situations. However, personal injuries don't even necessarily have to be physical-they could be psychological. Psychological personal injuries are typically caused by psychological trauma associated with life-threatening and/or disfiguring physical injuries, or as a result of witnessing trauma in others, or following personal escape from serious injury following a traumatic event. Before you can collect an award, your personal injury lawyer will have to prove that the defendant is liable. To prove liability, the attorney must also establish negligence.(3)


If there is any failure on your part to exercise reasonable care to prevent injury or damage then there may be comparative (or contributory) negligence, where you and the other party both are at some degree of fault. If you win, you may receive money (an award) to compensate for medical costs, lost wages and lost future earnings as well as possibly for pain and suffering and punitive damages.

 

Car Accidents Attorneys at Pardue Law have successfully assisted car accident victims in the Augusta, Georgia (CSRA) area for 30 years. Many of our cases involve injuries to military families as well as civilian families. Pardue Law knows from experience how to successfully navigate the car claim process, deal with medical bills, and obtain fair net cash recovery for our clients.


Divorce Law A divorce is the legal termination of a marriage by a court in a legal proceeding, requiring a petition or complaint for divorce (or dissolution in some states) by one party.There are two types of divorce-- fault and no-fault. A fault divorce is a judicial termination of a marriage based on marital misconduct or other statutory cause requiring proof in a court of law by the divorcing party that the divorcee had done one of several enumerated things as sufficient grounds for the divorce. All states now have adopted some form of no-fault divorce; although some such as New York, restrict the availability of no-fault divorce and retain fault divorce generally. A no-fault divorce is one in which neither party is required to prove fault, and one party must allege and testify only that either irretrievable breakdown of the marriage or irreconcilable differences between the parties makes termination of the marriage appropriate. Many states continue to offer a separation agreement or decree, under which the right to cohabitation is terminated but the marriage is not dissolved and the marital status of the parties is unaltered.

State law governs divorces, so the petitioning or complaining party can only file in the state in which he/she is and has been a resident for a certain period of time, which varies by state. The most common issues in divorces are division of property, child custody and support, alimony (spousal support), child visitation and attorney's fees. Only state courts have jurisdiction over divorces, so the petitioning or complaining party can only file in the state in which he/she is and has been a resident for a period of time. In most states, the legal process of the divorce procedures take some time, to allow for a chance of reconciliation. The divorce decree is a court order that states the rights and responsibilities of the divorced parties, including the basic information regarding the divorce, case number, parties, date of divorce, and terms the parties have agreed upon.

Sexual relations with anyone other than your spouse is still a crime in many states, even if the married couple is seeking a divorce. The judge has a great deal of discretion in custody cases and in awarding or restricting visitation rights. Extramarital sexual relations before divorce may be used as evidence of marital misconduct during the marriage. Also, cohabitation with another person may be a factor in reducing support payments received.
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Probate is the legal process of administering the estate of a deceased person by resolving all claims and distributing the deceased person's property under the valid will. A surrogate court decides the validity of a testator's will. A probate interprets the instructions of the deceased, decides the executor as the personal representative of the estate, and adjudicates the interests of heirs and other parties who may have claims against the estate.(5)


Medical Malpractice Chuck Pardue is experienced in handling civilian, military, and Veterans Administration malpractice cases for seriously injured clients. Mr. Pardue screens case records for injuries caused by medical errors. His successful cases have included failure to timely diagnose breast cancer, cervical cancer, child birth injuries, materials left in patients from surgeries, misdiagnoses, delayed diagnoses, and death cases caused by medical negligence.


(1)According to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), as of February, 2008, 30,960 military personnel serving in the Global War on Terror (combining Iraq, Afghanistan, and surrounding duty stations) have been wounded in action. See DoD Personnel and Procurement Statistics at http://siadapp.dmdc.osd.mil/personnel/CASUALTY/castop.htm.
(2)The term “service-connected” means, with respect to disability or death, that the disability was incurred or aggravated, or that the death resulted from a disability incurred or aggravated, in the line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service. See 38 U.S.Code § 101.
(3)Excerpt from StateLawyers.com
(4)Excerpt from USlegal.com
(5)Borrowed from Wikipedia.org