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Personal Injury Medical Terms – Part 2

Posted on November 8, 2014

Personal Injury Medical Terms – Part 2

We’ve previously blogged about some common personal injury medical terms that you might encounter if you ever go through the personal injury lawsuit process. And while the terms we covered are important, the more we thought about it, the more we thought that the list was incomplete. The fact is that personal injury lawsuits, and the lawsuit process, are complicated enough as it is without having to try to decipher obscure legal and medical definitions.

So, to help clarify, we’ve come up with a second list of personal injury medical terms you might want to know. And though the lists of terms we’ve come up with will be helpful, you should never hesitate to ask your attorney for a more in-depth explanation when you need help understanding anything associated with your personal injury lawsuit.

  1. Traumatic Brain Injury. A trauma (injury) that affects the brain. Traumatic brain injuries typically arise as the result of sudden head movement. For example, a motorcycle operator who is not wearing a helmet can suffer traumatic brain injury after striking a fixed object and getting thrown from the vehicle. Traumatic brain injuries can be serious, resulting in anything from temporary loss of consciousness, to confusion, memory loss, and even permanent cognitive disability.
  2. Central Nervous System. The central nervous system is comprised of your brain and your spinal cord. Together, they allow your brain to control and operate your body. Any damage to any part of the central nervous system can result in significant, and potentially permanent, injuries.
  3. Gait. How a person walks. Some injuries, such as fractures and spinal injuries, can temporarily or permanently alter a person’s gait. When this happens, the injured person’s ability to move or get around can be impaired.
  4. Dismemberment. Someone who loses a body part suffers dismemberment. A severed foot, amputated arm, or even the loss of an eye, are all considered types of dismemberment injuries. In some situations, a person who suffers dismemberment can have the body part successfully reattached, while in other situations a reattachment is not possible. Even those who are able to have a dismembered part reattached can still suffer long-term or permanent loss of function, and can require extensive ongoing physical treatment, or multiple surgeries.
  5. Fusion. When a person suffers a bone fracture, physicians sometimes fuse the broken pieces together using various tools or techniques. For example, if a person suffers a severe leg fracture, surgeons might use metal plates or screws to hold the bones in place as they heal.
  6. Paralysis. A person who suffers paralysis loses the ability to voluntarily control one or more parts of the body. When paralysis only affects a single muscle, muscle group, or body part it’s often referred to as palsy. Paralysis can be temporary or permanent. It results from damage to the nervous system, and can be caused by strokes, slip-and-fall accidents, car crashes, or medical conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

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Personal Injury Medical Terms – Part 1

Posted on October 27, 2014

Personal Injury Medical Terms – Part 1

The personal injury lawsuit process can be intimidating, especially for those who don’t have a medical background or who aren’t familiar with personal injury medical terms. To help you become more familiar with some of the important medical terms and phrases you might come across as you go through the personal injury lawsuit process, we’ve come up with a helpful list. Here are some personal injury medical terms you should know.

  • Whiplash. Whiplash is an injury that often arises in automobile crashes, slip-and-fall accidents, and other situations where a person’s head or body makes sudden movements. Whiplash can result in damage to your neck muscles, ligaments, or other soft tissues because the motion of your head pushes them beyond their normal limits. Whiplash injuries can be relatively minor, causing little more than slight pain or discomfort for a matter of days, or can be rather severe, resulting in long-lasting, and even permanent pain or damage.
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Drowsy Driving: Dangerous, Deadly, and Difficult to Identify

According to the Department of Energy, the average car in the United States tips the scales at just over 2 tons. That’s 4,000 pounds of metal, rubber, and gasoline hurtling down the nation’s roadways and highways. Under the best of circumstances, operating a vehicle is the most dangerous thing the average person does on a daily basis. When people operate a vehicle while drowsy, the danger increases dramatically.

Under Reported Drowsy Driver Accidents

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, even though drowsy driving is difficult to identify as the cause of car crashes in many situations, at least 40,000 people are injured every year as the result of drowsing driving, while another 1,550 are killed.

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The Dangers of Texting and Driving

Posted on June 30, 2014

The Dangers of Texting and Driving

Most people are good, responsible drivers who never take unnecessary risks. However, even the best drivers can make mistakes and texting while driving is definitely one of those. Even though you may understand that texting and driving is dangerous, the statistics may shock you.

Sending or reading a text while driving makes you 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash than normal driving. Simply dialing, talking on, or listening to a phone while driving makes you as much as three times as likely to be involved in the crash.

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Determining Fault in Car Crashes

Posted on June 20, 2014

Determining Fault in Car Crashes

Who’s At Fault in a Car Crash?

Even if you haven’t been in a car crash, you may wonder how the police and insurance companies determine who is at fault. Determining fault is important for number of reasons, but it isn’t always easy to do. Let’s take a look at how it’s done.

Who determines fault?

In many, if not most, car crash situations, it falls to the insurance companies who insure the individual drivers involved in the crash to determine who was at fault. When insurance companies investigate a crash, they look at the statements the drivers make, any police reports, or any other evidence gathered about the crash. They do this to try to determine negligence.

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Why Should You Hire a Lawyer After an Accident?

When you sustain an injury as a result of a car accident, you may not be the only one who suffers. Injuries incur costs, both financial and otherwise. You may suffer lost wages, you might lose your job, or your earning potential may be reduced if you are left with a significant disability. As medical and other bills pile up in the aftermath of an accident, the stress and anxiety that come with it can be overwhelming and even incapacitating at times. Individuals who are injured in a car accident may be entitled to receive compensation for their injuries, expenses, and even pain and suffering; however, doing so can be complicated, especially for someone struggling with the physical and emotional ramifications that often occur following an accident.

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4 Common Questions About Car Accidents and the Statute of Limitations

Question 1: What is a statute of limitations?

A statute of limitations is a specific kind of law that imposes a time limit on people who want to go to court. Think of a statute of limitations as a countdown timer. In car accident cases, your timer starts as soon as you are involved in an accident or learn that you have suffered damages as a result of an accident. If you want to file a lawsuit because of the car accident, you have to do so before the clock reaches zero.

Question 2: How much time do I have to file a lawsuit?

That depends on a number of different issues. Every state has its own statute of limitation laws and each of them determine how long you have to file a lawsuit. Additionally, some time limits apply to one kind of lawsuit, while other time limits apply to different types.

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Car Crashes and Your Insurance Company

Posted on April 18, 2014

Car Crashes and Your Insurance Company

Drivers involved in car crashes often worry about what will happen to their insurance rates. There are millions of car accidents every year, most of which involve insured drivers, and each case is different. To understand what might happen to your policy if you are involved in the crash, you have to look at several different factors.

The Claim

Whenever you are involved in a car accident that results in damage to a vehicle or an injury to a person, insurance companies are usually involved. When you are involved in an accident, one of the first things you typically have to do after making sure everyone is safe and collecting all the relevant information, is to call your insurance company. After calling the company you inform the agent or representative about what happened and that representative will assign your case a claim number. The company will then assign a claims agent or investigator to the case to begin an investigation.

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Learn More about Wrongful Death

Posted on March 28, 2014

Learn More About Wrongful Death

A death caused by the negligent or unjust actions of another individual is referred to as a wrongful death. While all deaths are devastating to the family and friends of the deceased, wrongful deaths can be exceptionally traumatic due to the fact that they could have been prevented. A variety of accidents and intentional harms can lead to the wrongful death of others, including car accidents, medical malpractice, product liability, workplace negligence, and even acts of violence or murder. When the numbers are added up, it is clear to see how unfortunately common wrongful deaths can be.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 37,000 prescription drug-related fatalities occurred in 2009. The Department of Transportation reports that for the same year, 33,883 traffic accident fatalities occurred. Workplace accidents also contribute significantly, with over 4,500 accident-related fatalities reported in 2010 by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And, research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that approximately 225,000 individuals die each year as a result of medical malpractice.

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8 Practical Steps You Can Take if You’re Ever in a Car Crash

Almost all drivers will experience a fender bender, object collision, or a more significant car crash at some time in their lives. While car accidents can be very scary and stressful, you need to be prepared to take specific steps if you are ever involved in a crash. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1. Get help.

If you or anyone else has been injured, you need to get help as soon as possible. If you have a cell phone you should call 911 and ask the operator to send an ambulance. If you don’t have a cell phone or are unable to move, ask the first person on the scene to call for help. If there is a crowd of people, single out one person and specifically ask him or her to call.

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