Quadriplegia in Personal Injury Cases

These injuries frequently occur from car, motorcycle, sports, and construction site accidents, but they can also happen as a result of medical negligence. When the paralysis is the result of someone's negligence, a lawsuit may be filed for damages against that party. Paralysis is more complex than most people realize. Depending on which vertebrae in the spine was injured and the amount of nerve damage from the injury, the paralyzed person may not be able to breathe without the assistance of v...

Crashworthiness and its Role in Personal Injury Claims

Crashworthiness refers to the degree of a motor vehicle's vulnerability during an accident. Crashworthiness research programs test vehicles to find out how prone they are to make passengers and drivers defenseless in the event of a crash. This research has helped to improve automobile and bus design for greater safety. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) began crash tests in the 1970s, and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) began crashworthiness tests in ...

Amputation Claims in Personal Injury Lawsuits

Amputation involves the removal of all or part of a limb - an arm, hand, finger, leg, foot, or toe. There are currently nearly two million Americans who have had a limb amputated. Of course, some of these amputations occurred due to illness or military combat. Only when the amputation is the result of an accident or medical malpractice is a lawsuit possible. In some cases, however, a responsible party cannot be pinpointed, such as if an amputation happened due to a natural disaster like a tornad...

A Quick Guide to Personal Injury Claims

In our society, personal injury caused by someone else is compensated with money. It is the great equalizer. Unlike some other places around the world, we don't take an eye for an eye. we don't take the wrongdoers’ firstborn child nor trade a lifetime of indentured servitude. We take money to make us whole. Like it or not, it's the American way. The following is a guide to personal injury accidents when dealing with the person that injured you and their insurance company. The following tips a...

How to Read and Interpret Medical Records in a Personal Injury Case

Congratulations, you now have a stack of medical records eight inches high that you either subpoenaed or your client provided! What now? The purpose of this article is to save the personal injury attorney some time and anxiety, and hopefully help you to dig out the key information. As when you are confronted with any task, it helps to first have a clear idea of what your objective is and then work from the largest part of the task down to the finer parts. To begin, and even before you obtain ...

Who May Be Liable If a Pedestrian Is Hit While Jaywalking?

Whenever there’s a traffic accident between a pedestrian and a vehicle, the pedestrian will almost always end up getting the worst of it. So, partly because of the laws of physics, it’s easy to think that the driver of the vehicle is always at fault for the accident. But this isn’t always the case, especially if the pedestrian was jaywalking or violating some other traffic rule. Jaywalking is crossing the street or roadway outside a designated crosswalk. In California, we see this every day. ...

How to Protect Your Child After A Car Accident

It’s never fun planning for your worst nightmare, but it can make an instrumental difference when forced to act fast under pressure. Serious car crashes can emit a range of emotions from shock and adrenaline to anger and irrational thinking. But when our children are also in the car, these emotions are instantly intensified, and rightfully so. More than 120,000 children, ages 12 and younger, were injured in a traffic collision in 2014. Checking on Your Child Immediately After A Car Accident ...

What You Should Know to Make a Bicycle Accident Compensation Claim Easy

Cycling has become an increasingly popular method of transportation in recent times. Due to the uncertain economic climate, many have chosen to use their bikes in order to save a little money on gas. However, bicycle accidents occur way more often that one may think and this number only increases as the number of people riding bikes increases. Each year in the United States alone, approximately 1 million people are injured because of a bicycle related accident and around every 6 hours, a fatal b...

Children and Concussions: What Are the effects of Concussions in Children?

Most sports-related head injuries, such as concussions — which temporarily interfere with the way the brain works—are mild and allow for complete recovery. However, concussion in children can pose serious health risks. A recent study presented at the Association of Academic Physiatrists annual meeting found that children vary in the path they follow when recovering from concussions. In fact, the recovery process can be significantly different and the study ultimately concludes that younger ch...

Types of Police Brutality Cases

We expect police to work hard preventing crime and keeping us safe. To be sure, the vast majority of police officers are dedicated to the public good and we are immensely grateful to these law enforcement professionals. However, there are law enforcement officials who ignore their sworn duty and violate the rights of law-abiding citizens. In these situations, the innocent victim of police brutality may have the right to make a legal claim against the abusive officers and the police department wh...