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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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Types of Personal Injury Cases and Associated Compensation

According to the American Bar Association, personal injury law is designed to protect individuals or their property in the event that they are injured or harmed due to the actions of someone else, or as a result of someone’s failure to act. Personal injury law is sometimes referred to as tort law. Personal injuries can occur in a variety of settings and for a variety of reasons. A primary cause of personal injury is negligence, which is defined by the Insurance Information Institute as “failure to act with the legally required degree of care for others, resulting in harm to them.”

Personal injury may also be based on strict liability or intentional wrongs. The notion of strict liability holds manufactures and designers liable for injuries that result from defective products. In strict liability personal injury cases, the injured party is not required to establish negligence on the part of the manufacturer or designer, but is instead required to show that the product was manufactured or designed in such a way that it became unreasonably dangerous when used for its intended purpose. Personal injury cases can also be based on intentional wrongs, however such cases are rare. An example of a case filed on such a basis would be if a store patron was wrongly detained by a security guard for suspicion of shoplifting; the detained individual might be able to file a suit for false imprisonment. There are several types of personal injury cases that can be pursued, examples of which are described below.

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What Is Premises Liability?

Posted on January 11, 2014

What Is Premises Liability?

Premises liability laws hold land and property owners legally responsible for accidents and injuries that occur on their property as a result of unsafe conditions, poor property upkeep, or any other act that leads to failure to ensure the safety of individuals on the premises.

Slip and fall accidents are the classic example of a premises liability case; however, a variety of other injury claims also fall under the purview of premises liability law. Examples include dog bites / animal attacks, construction accidents, security negligence, wrongful death accidents, assault and battery, accidental drowning, occupational injuries, broken bones, and many others.

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What You Need to Know About Slip and Fall Injuries

Even though they might sound insignificant, so-called “slip and fall” injuries are not only common, but they can lead to substantial problems for those who are hurt as a result.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, over 17,000 people die, and more than one million people suffer injuries because of slips and fall accidents every year. A slip and fall injury occurs when, as the name implies, someone falls, trips, or slips on something. While simply slipping and falling doesn’t mean that you will be able to sue someone to recover damages, you can file a personal injury lawsuit in many situations where you experience injuries after a slip and fall.

Common Causes

Walking is something most people take for granted, but it becomes obvious just how potentially dangerous it can be to walk in some environments when you slip and hurt yourself. Whether you trip over a broken piece of concrete, slip on a slippery icy pavement, or fall after catching your foot on a torn or broken floor surface, there are a number of ways you can injure yourself simply by walking.

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