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Head-On Collisions Are Among the Most Serious Auto Accidents

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Head-on collisions are some of the most destructive accidents that occur and victims often sustain traumatic injuries.

Also called lane-departure or road-departure accidents, head-on collisions happen when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions crash into each other front bumper to front bumper. Even when such an accident occurs at a lower speed, the vehicles’ occupants can sustain severe injuries due to the force exerted on both cars by the forward motion against each other followed by rapid deceleration.

Causes

There are several causes of head-on collisions such as:

  • Bad weather conditions
  • Improper passing of another vehicle
  • Veering into another lane due to drowsiness or distractions
  • Disobeying traffic signs and signals
  • Construction zone detours

 

Types of Injuries

Even though head-on collisions only account for two percent of all auto accidents in the United States, they result in ten percent of the fatalities. The types of injuries sustained depend on the speed of the vehicles and what type of safety devices, such as seat belts, were in use. The most severe injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Broken or crushed bones
  • Deep lacerations (these can cause rapid blood loss or infection)

 

Compensation

Victims of head-on collisions may be entitled to receive compensation to cover the costs of:

  • Present and future medical costs
  • Loss of present and future wages
  • Caregivers
  • Vehicle and home modifications

 

If you have sustained injuries in an auto accident, please contact us. Should you have a valid claim, our attorneys will fight hard on your behalf to get you the settlement you deserve.

Herniated Discs Frequent Type Of Back Injury In Wrecks

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Your spinal column consists of 33 vertebrae separated by semi-soft “discs.” Each disc consists of a softer inner area protected by a tougher outer layer. Together, these discs and vertebrae protect the spinal cord, which is about 17 inches long in adults. The spinal cord transmits information from the brain to the major nerves that extend outward to every part of the human body.

Crashes and Herniated Discs

The sudden impact of a vehicular accident may twist, bend or otherwise contort the spinal column to such a degree that one or more of the discs ruptures. When these types of back injuries happen, some of the softer inner material may escape and protrude into the spinal column. When it presses on nerves, pain or numbness may result.

The oozing of disc material into the spinal column does not always cause pain or other sensations. Also, emergency room X-rays do not typically reveal evidence of these ruptured or herniated discs. 

Delayed Diagnosis

Since the interaction between a herniated disc and nearby nerves may not become apparent for days or even weeks, a correct diagnosis is sometimes delayed. As a result, insurance companies may sometimes insist the nerve pain or numbness is not the result of the crash, and they may refuse to pay for necessary surgery or other medical treatment. 

Therefore, it may help to enlist the services of an attorney familiar with back injuries in crashes. When a disc injury requires medical treatment, it is important for the accident victim to get compensation for medical expenses and possibly for pain and suffering. In more severe cases, victims often deserve further compensation for permanent limitations they may suffer.

If you or a family member is a victim of an accident, we make it possible for you to speak with an attorney at no cost to you. To arrange for this complimentary consultation, or to ask your questions, please contact us today.



Can You Sue The City If You Fall on a Broken Sidewalk

Thursday, April 27, 2017

We have all walked down some pretty terrible sidewalks, the kind that haven’t even been looked at by a city maintenance crew for a couple of decades. A select unlucky few may have even tripped and fallen on these sidewalks and gotten seriously injured. These tripping injuries fall within the realms of slip and fall personal injury cases, but who is to blame when you are on public property?

The city.

If you injury was caused because of a poorly maintained sidewalk, then that injury is the fault of the city. City employees are responsible for maintaining sidewalk properties. If they fail to do so and it ends with you getting injured, then you have a right to sue the city to cover the costs of your injury.

Unfortunately, personal injury cases against the city are not always the easiest cases to pursue. As there have been so many false claims against the city, expect heavy investigation into your injuries as well as well as your personal life. However, if your injuries are real, devastating, and the proven fault of poorly maintained sidewalks, you can expect not only damages to cover your injury, but other punitive damages as well. However, perhaps the best part is that you can be sure that the city will prioritize fixing up that sidewalk to prevent it from costing them more.

If you were injured on one of the less than lovely sidewalks in the Los Angeles area, contact us today to see what the Law Offices of Freeman and Freeman can do for you.

Are Punitive Damages Available for Burn Injuries?

Thursday, April 20, 2017

If you have been the victim of a burn injury, then you are entitled to a number of damages depending on who was at fault. If the responsible party intentionally burned you or was grossly negligent in the accident, then you may not only receive compensation to cover treatment of the injury available to you, but punitive damages as well.

Punitive damages are essentially just extra cash tacked onto the compensation. They are meant to punish the defendant who acted in a reprehensible manner that caused the accident. If the accident was the fault of a wealthy party, then punitive damages will be higher in order to make them fully feel the responsibility.

However, while punitive damages are easily sought in a case where one party intentionally burned another, they are not always easy to get in cases of gross negligence. Typically grossly negligent burn cases are against manufacturers who, for example, put a product on the market without proper testing. However, in these cases you will find that the defendant is much more likely to settle if a court case could cost them thousands or millions of dollars in punitive damages.

In the hands of a skilled personal injury lawyer, your burn case can not only cover your recovery and any reconstructive surgery you may need, but the punitive damages you receive could help you live a more comfortable life. If you are a victim of a burn injury due to negligence in the Los Angeles area, contact us today to see what the Law Offices of Freeman and Freeman can do to help you.

Three Common Types of Motorcycle Accidents

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Did you know that motorcycle accidents are more likely to result in serious injury or death than other vehicle accidents?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that the accident rate is almost thirty-five times higher for motorcycles than other types of passenger vehicles.

If you enjoy riding your motorcycle on a sunny California day, it is important to know the most common types of accidents that riders face so that you can stay safer on the roads. They include:

Left-hand Turn Accidents

It's said that the single most common type of accident between a four-wheeled passenger vehicle and a motorcycle happens when the automobile's driver turns left in front of an oncoming motorcyclist. Known as “left hook” collisions, they occur mainly in intersections and the entrances of retail centers and private driveways.

Road Defects

Road defects cause approximately two percent of motorcycle accidents every year. Such problems include uneven heights on the pavement and potholes.

Rear-end Accidents

At times drivers of commercial vehicles and passenger vehicles fail to see motorcycles directly in front of them. When a car or truck strikes the back of a motorcycle, it can propel the motorcycle forward into the vehicle in front of the motorcycle or into other traffic. These circumstances can cause tragic or fatal injuries to the rider.

If you have sustained injuries in a motorcycle accident, please contact us. Our personal injury attorneys will work hard on your behalf if you have a valid claim to make sure you receive the settlement you deserve. 


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