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3 categories of impacts from a brain injury

Life with a brain injury becomes a challenging journey. Many dramatic impacts could be in store that you were not aware of at the time of the diagnosis. You will likely find new ways that it affects you as time progresses. Paying close attention to all symptoms and keeping track of them to share with your medical team can make it easier for you to receive a diagnosis.

There are three categories of problems that might occur when you have this type of injury. These include:

  • Emotional and behavioral
  • Physical
  • Cognitive

Help for the different types of harm car accident victims face

There are a variety of different types of personal injury damages available to help victims of a variety of different types of injuries and harm they may suffer in different types of traumatic accidents, including car accidents.

A personal injury claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for the various types of harm they have suffered with the goal of making them as whole as possible again following their accident.

Vacation planning points for a spinal cord injury victim

Life after a spinal cord injury is rather challenging. Things that you didn't think much about before the injury are suddenly more complicated. When you decide that you are going to go on a trip, you have to make sure that you have everything in order so that you can enjoy the time away from home.

You still have to think about the usual things when planning a vacation. These include things like planning the route and figuring out your accommodations. When you do make reservations for the hotel, condo or another place to stay, be sure to let them know that you need to have wheelchair access to all areas that you will need to venture.

How serious is a failure to diagnose?

A failure to diagnose can be serious for victims of medical malpractice. As a result, it is important for victims of a failure to diagnose to know about available legal resources to help protect them and their families in circumstances of medical malpractice.

A failure to diagnose, delayed diagnosis or erroneous diagnosis can all spell serious harm for victims. A failure to diagnose can lead to a worsened medical condition; the victim receiving the wrong medical care or treatment of they have been erroneously diagnosed; the victim not receiving any medical treatment at all; and even death if the medical condition the victim suffers from goes untreated because of a failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis.

Complications can make fractures a significant risk to patients

You were involved in a crash, and you suffered several broken bones. You didn't think they'd be serious, but they just don't seem to be getting better.

Complications from injuries can make any injury much more severe. While fractures are common and most people will deal with them at one time or another, there are cases where they become severe and have a range of complications.

Colder season holidays go hand-in-hand with drunk driving

With the looming end of fall, the winter holiday season has begun to gain momentum. You may have already noticed that major retailers have begun putting Christmas decorations and products out on display. The countdown to the busiest shopping days of the year has started, and the holiday ruckus that follows is surely close behind.

Unfortunately, while the holidays give people a chance to reconnect with family and loved ones, they can also be a major source of stress. From trying to balance gift-giving on a tight budget to dealing with the stress of family members you'd rather not spend time with, there are many aspects of the holiday season that leave people looking for some kind of escape.

Personal injury protections for distracted driving victims

Unfortunately, there are a variety of different types of driver inattention that can contribute to car accidents. Texting while driving, cell phone use and other forms of distracted driving can lead to serious car accidents with serious consequences for victims. Fortunately, personal injury legal resources are available to help guide car accident victims through the recovery process and help with their damages.

Distracted driving includes many behaviors drivers engage in every day. These behaviors can include listening to a radio while driving, using a navigation device while driving, eating while driving, caring for children while driving and even engaging in conversations while driving. In addition, cell phone use and texting while driving are major forms of driver distraction on the roadways today. Texting while driving is considered the most serious form of distracted driving because it combines all three types of driver distraction including visual, manual and cognitive.

A holiday road trip is fun, also full of potential trouble

There's no better feeling than packing the car, jumping in the driver's seat and taking a road trip during the holiday season. It doesn't matter if you're visiting your family for Thanksgiving, your friends for Christmas or simply getting away from the daily grind, you're sure to be excited.

As fun as a holiday road trip may be, don't overlook the potential trouble lurking around every corner. It's critical to properly prepare for the time you'll spend on the road, as doing so decreases the likelihood of an accident. Here's what you need to do:

  • Prepare your vehicle: From checking your tire pressure and windshield wipers to changing all necessary fluids, don't leave home until you're 100% sure your vehicle is ready for the road ahead. If you don't know what you're looking at, visit a local mechanic or dealership before hitting the road.
  • Get enough rest: Drowsy driving is a leading cause of accidents, so you don't want to find yourself fatigued when behind the wheel. Bank as much sleep as possible before you embark on your holiday journey.
  • Avoid distractions: From texting to turning around to see what your children are doing in the back seat, there are many distractions that have the potential to cause an accident.
  • Share the road: You can't control the decisions that other drivers make, but you can share the road to lessen the likelihood of an accident. For example, rather than try to speed past a truck in the right lane, sit back and wait until you can safely pass in the left lane.
  • Keep an eye on the sky: If you're one of our Massachusetts readers traveling in the northeast, rain, snow and strong winds can move into the area without much notice. Inclement weather calls for you to adjust your driving style.

How do I know if I have a whiplash injury?

Whiplash injuries are serious injuries car accident victims may suffer if their head has been thrown violently back and forth in a car accident. A whiplash injury can occur at any speed, including at low speeds, and because victims may not always know they have suffered a whiplash injury right after the car accident, victims should know what to watch for.

In addition to not always being immediately evident, whiplash injuries can also worsen over time and be difficult to treat. Whiplash injuries are a type of soft tissue injury to the vertebrae, muscles and ligaments in the neck. Whiplash injuries are also referred to as cervical sprain, cervical strain or hyperextension injury. As victims are able to relax somewhat following the immediate trauma of an unexpected car accident, the signs and symptoms of a whiplash injuries they have suffered may become more obvious.

How people end up with brain injuries in car crashes

There are many different ways in which vehicles can collide. There is the so-called T-bone crash, which happens when the front end of one vehicle strikes the side of another vehicle. There is the rear-end crash, where one vehicle hits the back end of another. Head-on collisions occur when two drivers collide front end to front end.

The kind of crash isn't the only issue that can impact the injuries you might sustain. There are a variety of secondary factors, such as whether a vehicle spins or rolls as part of the crash that will affect the kinds of injuries people suffer.

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