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The Dangers of Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted by on Mar 1, 2017 in Brain Injuries | 0 comments

Traumatic brain injuries are sustained if the brain receives a substantial amount of force. Damaging your brain can have devastating effects that may even alter the way you live. For this reason, brain injuries should be taken seriously.

This is especially true if the injuries have been sustained because of somebody else. According to the website of the Destin personal injury lawyers at the Bruner Law Firm, innocent parties who have been hurt because of another party’s negligence may get compensation.

Common Signs of Traumatic Brain Injuries
Traumatic brain injuries may be classified according to their severity. There are mild, moderate, and severe traumatic brain injuries. Their symptoms are mostly the same, only differing on their severity as well.

The most common symptoms include the obvious mental lapses, like confusion, memory loss, dizziness, loss of balance, and difficulty concentrating. There are also symptoms that don’t directly involve the mental capacity of the victim, such as loss of smell, vision problems, and sensitivity to light and sound.

The more severe the traumatic injury is, the greater these symptoms become. For severe traumatic brain injuries, there may be additional problems that need to be taken care of, such as difficulty in speaking and understanding language, severe problems involving the senses, like the loss of temperature and touching sensations, and loss of hearing and sense of smell. The worst traumatic brain injuries may even result into seizures and other behaviors related to epilepsy.

How to Prevent Traumatic Brain Injuries
To prevent traumatic brain injuries, it is important to know their most common causes, such as traffic accidents, sporting activities, and slip and fall accidents.

To prevent traffic accidents, avoid reckless behaviors like distracted driving, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, speeding, street racing, tailgating, and weaving. If other vehicles are the ones doing these behaviors, stay away from them as far as possible.
In the case of sporting activities, prevention can be harder because there are sports that inherently have physical contact, such as basketball, football, and hockey. But the damage can be limited by wearing the proper protective gear, such as helmets.

For slip and fall accidents, the first thing to have is the appropriate footwear to maximize traction to the floor and prevent slipping. It is also important to remove possible obstructions, such as loose wires and worn carpets, to prevent tripping. Adequate lighting is also essential to prevent accidents that can be triggered by low visibility.

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Whiplash: An Alarming Injury Caused by Rear-End Collisions

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Car Accidents | 0 comments

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, car accidents accounted for a total of 32,675 deaths in the U.S. during the year 2014. Comparing this to data gathered from previous years, it’s clear that the number of fatal motor accidents have been decreasing. This, of course, doesn’t automatically mean that our roads are becoming less dangerous. While trends show that car accident victims are now more likely to survive after a crash, they are sure to walk away with some form of injury.

Take whiplash, for example. Also referred to as a neck sprain or whiplash-associated disorder, this type of injury is common among vehicle passengers involved in rear-end collisions or rear-end accidents. Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury that is caused by the sudden back-and-forth movement of the head and upper back. This movement can cause the stretching and tearing of neck tendons and muscles, which then leads to stiffness, pain, and loss of range of motion.

Initial symptoms of whiplash include headaches that begin around the base of the skull, tenderness in the upper back and arms, as well as dizziness and fatigue. However, as Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC points out, most people don’t experience these symptoms immediately after the collision that caused the injury. In some cases, due to the adrenaline that fires up in high-stress situations, whiplash symptoms can take time to appear. This doesn’t mean that it won’t get worse without proper medical attention. If ignored, symptoms of whiplash can become worse and more bothersome, causing lapses in memory, irritability, insomnia, and even depression.

The most alarming thing about getting a whiplash injury is how long it could take to treat. Recovering from whiplash involves managing pain through medication, as well as exercise and physical therapy. Without proper treatment, whiplash can turn into a persistent, chronic problem, which can then affect a person’s lifestyle and ability to earn an income.

If you had been involved in a rear-end collision recently, it’s important to seek medical attention right away. You don’t know what impact these types of injuries can leave in your life. After receiving a diagnosis, it’s best to seek out legal counsel to learn more about your options for just compensation.

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How Do You Treat Dog Bites?

Posted by on Jun 18, 2016 in Dog Bites | 0 comments

They say that dogs are a man’s best friend. They will protect you, give you companionship, and be a loyal friend. But their bite can lead to a variety of problems. It can cause minor or severe injury, depending on the degree of bite. According to the 2013 – 2014 APPA National Pet Owners Survey Statistics : Pet Ownership & Annual Expenses, there are approximately 83.3 million dogs in the United States and they are kept by 56.7 million households.

Figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that there are over 4.7 million dog-bite incidents yearly. From that number, 800,000 will require medical attention and 386,000 will need emergency medical treatment. When not treated right away, dog bites can cause significant damage to underlying tissues in the skin, bones, muscles, tendons, blood vessels, or nerves. Infections include tetanus and rabies.

There are several reasons why a dog will bite. They are either scared or threatened, protecting themselves, their puppies, or their owners. So make sure to keep these in mind when near a dog. Be alert to prevent a potential bite situation. But nevertheless, if what you are afraid of happens, here are some simple first aid remedies you can do for treating dog bites:

Clean the wound immediately. Run it under warm water for a few minutes to ensure it is thoroughly cleaned. Use antibacterial soap in combination with the water.
If the bite is not bleeding, encourage it by squeezing the wound. This will help prevent bacteria from entering the wound.
Provide pain relief by taking over-the-counter painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen.
If there is a risk of infection, it is recommended that you seek medical advice. According to the website of the Law Offices of Yvonne M. Fraser, once the bite gets infected, it can lead to blood poisoning (sepsis), infection of the endocarditis and meningitis.
Big bites may require stitches so it is best to see a doctor
Get updated on your tetanus shot. Doctors recommend a booster after a dog bite if your last immunization was more than five years ago.
Be alert for any signs of infection. If you think that the bite is getting infected, see the doctor right away. Here are the symptoms of an infected dog bite:
Worsening pain
Redness or warmth around the bite
Pus-like discharge

Dogs can be adorable to have as pets. However, they can also be deadly. Follow these treatment methods for dog bites.

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Malpractice and Personal Injury Claims

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

When illness or injury occurs, we put our trust in a healthcare provider. We innately believe that they have been well-trained and we can rest assured that we are in good hands. Unfortunately, medical errors do happen. These errors result in the worsening of injury, a lifetime of a life-altering disability, or even sudden and unexpected death. This frightful reality is known as medical malpractice.

According to the Hankey Law Office, “when a patient dies because of the negligent action or inaction of a medical professional, this is considered to be wrongful death.” Unforeseen death causes an emotional upheaval for a victim’s family, friends, and community. A medical malpractice attorney can help an a victim’s loved ones find solace in a settlement for their emotional suffering.

Medical malpractice is an especially important case to pursue. By reporting a medical professional’s mistake, you can prevent further threat of error under the treatment of the same physician. Pohl & Berk, LLP point out on its website that this is important in order to hold the medical professional at fault should be “held legally and financially accountable for the repercussions of their actions.” Do not let the negligence of a medical professional go without legal consequence – you could end up saving some one’s health or life.

Whether you were misdiagnosed with disease or illness, prescribed the wrong type or amount of prescription, or suffered after misuse of medical equipment, you deserve justice for the mistakes of your medical physician. Medical malpractice lawyers are ready to fight for the financial compensation and justice that you deserve as a victim of medical negligence. We seek medical attention in hopes to improve our health. If the medical attention you receive leads to worsened health, hold your medical physician liable.

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Criminal Defense

Posted by on Jul 30, 2015 in Criminal Defense | 1 comment

Penalties for drug crimes seem to be getting worse and worse as the years go on. People who are convicted of drug crimes can not only face hefty fines, but years in jail. According to the website of Ian Inglis Attorney at Law, even for minor drug crimes, people have found themselves facing severe penalties. Punishments can often be applied to one of the four types of drug charges.

The first and most well-known drug charge is possession. The punishment for this can vary from state to state based on amount and type of drug. These drugs can include pharmaceuticals, but most commonly apply to marijuana, cocaine, heroine, and methamphetamine. The charges for possession can include fines and jail time, ranging from days to years. These penalties are increased if a person is found to be in possession of an illegal substance with the intent to sell, another type of drug charge. This is also commonly known as drug dealing. The charge of possession changes to intent to sell based on the amount an individual is found with. This crime faces serious charges such as 180 days to 99 years in prison and fines of up to $100,000. There are other kind of drug charges besides these, however, Often, possessing drug paraphernalia such as pipes and syringes, can land a person in jail or with large fines. Manufacturing and trafficking/delivering drugs are also serious drug crimes. Although these crimes differ in severity, all can carry thousands of dollars in fines, years in jail, and probation.

Although a person may deal with direct penalties from the law, drug crimes can make it almost impossible for a person to find a job or even buy a house, no matter how minor the charge. As law enforcement become stricter on drugs, it is important for individuals to understand that even the most minor drug charge can carry serious punishments. No matter the kind of drug charge, a conviction can change a person’s life forever.

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Nursing Home Abuse

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

When a family member becomes too elderly to properly take care of themselves, most of us take comfort in the fact that nursing homes exist in which trained professionals can ensure the well being of a loved one. Unfortunately, the terrifying truth is that nursing home abuse is a serious and all too present problem. While an individual has every right to assume that their loved one is in safe hands at a nursing home, victims are facing physical abuse, sexual abuse, malnutrition, and a number of other problems, according to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®. It can be difficult to even know if these problems are even happening as your loved one may not possess the ability to tell you. However, there are some warning signs you can look for.

One of the most obvious way to spot nursing home abuse and neglect is to look for changes in your loved one’s physical appearance. This can include bed sores, unusual wounds, and unexplained loss of weight. You can also look for signs of poor hygiene. Another way to check is to inspect the bedding and clothing of the elderly. If you notice that their clothing is torn or stained as well as their bedding, these could be signs of abuse. There are also some nonphysical signs to watch out for as well. These include unresponsiveness, emotional withdrawal, and other strange behaviors.

Putting a loved one in a nursing home is a difficult decision faced by many. It is reasonable for an individual to assume that their family member is safe and well-taken care of in a nursing home. Unfortunately, nursing home and neglect is a serious problem leaving victims to not only face serious physical trauma, but emotional pain as well, according to the website of Ritter and Associates. When victims are not able to speak for themselves, it is important that we look our for our loved ones to prevent the ever present problem of nursing home abuse from becoming worse.

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Social Security Disability Benefits

Posted by on Jul 28, 2015 in Social Security | 0 comments

Often people who were once completely healthy and able to work can become disabled and thus unable to perform properly at a job. This can cut off major finances for people and leave them struggling to support them and their family. When this is the case, an individual may be eligible to receive social security disability benefits from the government. However, understanding what disabilities qualify for social security can be confusing.

One of the most major disabilities in cardiovascular system disorders, which include a number of heart diseases. This can include chronic heart failure, such as coronary heart disease or frequent heart attacks. Not only do these and a multitude of other heart diseases affect a person on a day-to-day basis, but can make it impossible to work. Another set of diseases that carry these problems are autoimmune diseases, digestive system disorders, and skin disorders. These can all qualify for SSD if they leave a person unable to work. However, some diseases that qualify are not physical at all. Some mental disorders, even if they developed later on in life, can make a person unable to work. These include personality disorders, autism, bipolar disorder, and even depression.

Being put out of work for reasons you cannot control can leave a person in financial ruins, without the means to bring themselves out of it. Luckily for those facing these circumstances, according to the website of the Hankey Law Office, P.C., social security disability benefits can help the disabled cover the costs of housing, food, and other costs. This is why it is critical for those who have become disabled to determine if they qualify for security benefits.

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Bankruptcy | 0 comments

With the increase of prices in everything from cars to college, the need for loans has increased immensely in the past years. This can in turn lead to a rise in the amount of debt for individuals, leaving some with too much debt to handle. When this happens, filing for bankruptcy can be the best option. It is a confusing and scary process, involving loads of paperwork and decisions that have to be made. One of these decisions is whether to file for either Chapter 7 or Chapter 13 bankruptcy, two options for personal bankruptcy. Understanding the difference between these two can, however, make the decision easier.

Chapter 7 bankruptcy is also known as liquidation bankruptcy. According to the website of Gagnon, Peacock, & Vereeke, P.C., chapter 7 bankruptcy involves canceling out all debts by liquidating some of your property in order to pay creditors. This can include a second car or home. This is typically the option for those who have little or no disposable income. The process takes around 3-5 months and can be extremely difficult to deal with. However, it has the benefit of completely wiping out unsecured debt and including credit card debt, according to information on the Greenway Law, LLC website.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is also known as “wage earner’s bankruptcy,” according to the website of Erin B. Shank, PC. This is designed for people who have regular income and simply extends the period of time in which they can pay back their debts or reduces payment amounts. While it does not completely wipe out debt, it can help you make payments in a more reasonable manner.

Bankruptcy is something that many people do not think they will ever have to turn to. However, filing for bankruptcy can often be the most viable option for those looking to get back on their feet and can be the start to a new financial future for many.

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Doctors Deserve Prompt Pay

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Prompt Pay | 0 comments

Doctors are some of the hardest working professionals in the nation and provide numerous services to individuals, ranging from simple check-ups to some of the most complicated procedures. For these services, insurance companies are often required to pay doctors for their work. Unfortunately, many insurance companies can engage in deceptive practices intended to having to pay doctors for their work. This violates the Texas Prompt Payment Act of 2003 requiring insurance companies to payout within 60 days of receiving requested items and forms required for payment. Luckily, according to the website of prompt pay law firm Williams Kherkher, this law also helps medical professionals get their due compensation.

For medical professionals dealing with deceptive insurance companies, it is important to understand just how much compensation they can receive and punishments that an insurance company can receive. If an insurance company pays a claim 45 days after the deadline, they may have to pay a $100,000 fine. If they pay 49-91 days after the deadline, the fine raises to $200,000 and keeps raising the longer they take to pay out. However, the Texas Prompt Payment Act does not only cover late payments but underpayments as well. If an insurance company does not pay the full amount to a doctor for their medical services, the penalties can be similar to if they were late on their payments.

Doctors and medical professionals not only work extremely hard, but have some of the most complicated jobs in the nation. This is one of the many reasons they deserve to be fully paid for their services, despite unfair practices by insurance companies. Not being paid fully for services in the medical profession is a serious issue and should be handled as best as it possibly can be, sometimes including legal guidance.

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Morcellators Lawsuits

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 in Morcellators | 0 comments

Morcellators are surgical devices that not many are familiar with. It was commonly used by Gynecologists in minimally invasive procedures, such as hysterectomy or a myomectomy, to break down large tissue growths into smaller pieces. Once thought to be a useful tool in removal of tissue with benefits such as shorter recovery time and less pain, people who had surgery using morcellators began experiencing serious problems. While the device was effective in breaking up noncancerous tissue, women who had cancerous cells started seeing these cells spread to other areas of their bodies.

The spread of cancerous cells due to the use of a morcellator occurs in women who have undetected urine cancer. While this might not sound like a common occurrence, it can occur in as many as 1 in every 370 procedures. Aside from cancer, morcellators can also cause abnormal growth of the tissue or direct harm to healthy tissue. This is why Johnson & Johnson recalled three of its power morcellators after the correlation between the device and serious medical problems was revealed. The FDA also issued an official warning to doctors to stop use of the device in women. They also put a “Black Box” warning on the device, meaning that the risks of the device far outweighed the possible benefits of using it. However, many individuals had already suffered significantly due to the device.

Women looking to undergo a fairly simple and minimally invasive surgery could face the spread of cancer cells to other parts of the body without knowing it. When a morcellator is used in surgery on a women with undiagnosed urine cancer, the medical problems that an individual has to endure can be life changing. Many women have filed Morcellator lawsuits in an attempt to seek answers and hold someone accontable for what they’ve had to experience.

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