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Avoid crashes by being safe around large trucks

Truck crashes happen for many reasons. Some drivers get too tired and cross into other lanes. Some are aggressive and travel too closely. Others go off the road due to wind shear and end up causing pile-up collisions when losing control.

The truth is that truck drivers have control of extremely large and heavy vehicles. They have a higher duty of care to those around them because one wrong move could cause complete devastation to others on the roads. While a truck's driver may be safe in their cab, smaller vehicles could be crushed.

Do people wake up from, and recover from, comas?

When you think about a coma, what do you imagine? Is it someone who is sleeping and never wakes up? Is it someone who eventually has life support removed after donating organs to others? Those situations can be the reality for patients who are in comas, but they aren't always.

Comas, by definition, are prolonged states of unconsciousness. Though people in comas are unresponsive, they may eventually wake. Usually, when patients come out of them, they slowly emerge, as if they are waking over a long period of time.

Understanding Wrongful Death: Do you have a claim?

"What is considered a "wrongful death?" Wrongful death is when the death of a person is caused by the intentional act, recklessness or negligence of another individual or entity. Whether the fault lies with a person, business or large corporation, the survivors of the deceased may be entitled to monetary compensation for the loss of a loved one."

Catastrophic injuries change lives: Seek fair compensation

All types of personal injuries can affect your life, but the two that are the most serious are spinal cord injuries and traumatic head injuries. The brain and spine are two parts of the body that are difficult to repair once damaged, and they both control your body. When the brain or spinal cord can't communicate properly, you may lose functionality and struggle to survive.

Both traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries can result in the need for around-the-clock care, medical monitoring and seemingly continuous medical treatments, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and others.

Were you burned in a motor vehicle accident?

Car crashes can lead to a number of serious injuries, from lacerations to head injuries. Something people don't always think about, though, is the risk of injuries from burns.

In a crash, the structure of a vehicle may be changed. The engine could overheat and catch on fire, or chemicals could spill. In those situations, the victims inside the vehicle could be at risk of suffering from burns.

Compensatory vs. Punitive Damages: What Does that Mean in Regard to My Personal Injury?

Compensation for personal injuries is often awarded based on two main types of damages: compensatory and punitive. Compensatory damages are granted as an attempt to "make whole" what was damaged or injured as the result of an injury. This can include more than just the treatment of an injury. Damages consider wages lost from time off work, long term recovery costs as well as permanent disabilities caused by the accident. The plaintiff is being compensated for these losses.

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Personal Injury Attorney

Hiring a personal injury attorney can be unfamiliar territory for most people. There is a myriad of concerns and questions. We have boiled down the five most common questions people have and should ask when hiring a personal injury attorney as well as our responses.

Here's what you should know about spinal injuries

Spinal cord injuries are often devastating to those who suffer them. Depending on the location of the injury, the patient may have a lack of sensation or other symptoms nearly anywhere in their body. While not all spinal cord injuries are the same, they can produce a range of symptoms such as:

  • Weakness in the limbs
  • A lack of sensation or no sensation from the point of injury downward
  • Possible organ involvement
  • Tingling
  • A feeling of heat or burning sensation
  • Numbness
  • Paralysis

Looking at these symptoms, it's easy to see why a spinal injury has such a major impact on patients.

Personal injury cases: Get the right compensation

A personal injury can be anything from a broken bone to a serious brain injury. Everyone deals with them differently, and the medical techniques used to help patients heal vary, too. After any kind of personal injury, it's going to be in your best interests to seek medical care and second opinions when needed.

When you suffer a personal injury as a result of another person's negligence, recklessness or intentional actions, it's important that you take the time to file a personal injury claim. If the other party has insurance, you may be able to file a claim directly for compensation. If they do not, then your attorney may need to assist you with a personal injury lawsuit.

Let your attorney help if you're in a crash

Car crashes happen every day, but nothing can prepare you for when it happens to you. You were just driving a regular route when a driver from out of state crossed the center line and hit you. You had no time to slow down or prepare for the crash, so you both hit while traveling 45 mph.

Now, you have significant injuries and have to focus on a long recovery. You have many medical expenses and haven't been able to work. You're at a loss when it comes to how to handle the situation.

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