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Understanding The Complexities Of A Traumatic Brain Injury Lawsuit

Thursday, May 25, 2017

If you or someone you love has suffered from a traumatic brain injury, you know how difficult they can make a life. Lawsuits for one of these injuries can be complex and difficult to understand, but they may help you get the money necessary for a full recovery.

Recovery Is Possible But Difficult

There are three main types of traumatic brain injuries: mild, moderate, and severe. Mild injuries make up about 80 percent of all injuries. These typically cause some physical and cognitive changes. Most people will recover from them within six months, but as many as 15 percent may suffer from long-term problems.

Moderate and severe injuries are typically a long-term or even permanent problem. They can severely decrease a person's physical and cognitive skills. In fact, it may even be necessary for a person to get some form of care for the rest of their lives. Pursuing a lawsuit in this instance may help a person get the money they need to recover.

The Complications Of A Lawsuit

That said, filing a lawsuit for a brain injury suffered at work can be difficult. It is necessary to prove that the employer committed a form of negligence or an intentional wrong.

For example, if they neglected to provide a job site with an adequate number of hard hats and this led directly to the brain injury, a lawsuit may be pursued.

It is also necessary to prove that the person suffered a brain injury and that the injury was not a pre-existing one. Doing so can be difficult.

However, if you are successful, you can receive damages as diverse as medical expenses, pain and suffering, rehabilitation services, property damage, income, and diminished earning capacity.

Please contact us today if you need help with one of these difficult and traumatic lawsuits.


Understanding Duty Of Care In An Infant Wrongful Death Case

Thursday, May 18, 2017

When a new baby is born and a doctor may have caused their death, it is an emotionally devastating situation. Lawsuits for this kind of wrongful death case can be very difficult for parents to pursue on their own. This is particularly true if they don't understand the nature of the doctor's duty of care.

What Is Duty Of Care?

A physician that provides treatment to patients has what is known as a duty of care. This duty means they are responsible for ensuring that your infant doesn't suffer from any injury or death while they are being treated. It is a very serious legal responsibility.

Breach Of That Duty

In these cases, the doctor must have breached their duty in a serious way. The baby can't simply have died due to natural causes or circumstances beyond the doctor's care. For example, a newborn with a hole in their heart may die when being delivered. That is not the doctor's fault and they cannot be sued for it.

However, if the doctor had noticed the hole in the baby's heart in an ultrasound and failed to provide adequate care during delivery, they may be liable. Other instances include mistakes made during delivery, such as adding too much painkiller.

Defense Can Be Harsh

The defendant in these types of cases will typically try to prove they did nothing wrong or that the parent was at fault. These can be very devastating cases for a parent to pursue, particularly if they plan on doing it alone or don't understand the statute of limitations on the crime.

Unlike murder, there is a limited amount of time you can pursue this type of case. So please don't hesitate to contact us to get your case in order.


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.


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