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Head Injuries in Young Adults May Trigger Violent Behavior

brain injury

Medical science has made great strides in understanding how the human brain works, develops, and responds to injury. Much of the functioning of the organ that shapes our thoughts, emotions, and personality remains unknown territory, but the scientific community continues to research the brain and expand our understanding of it. Learning the consequences of injuries to the brain is particularly important, because every year as many as 1.7 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury (or TBI) as a result of blows, bumps, or jolts, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many of these injuries are suffered in motor vehicle accidents and in falls. Pedestrians and bicyclists are at particular risk to head and brain injuries when involved in accidents with motor vehicles.

NJ Slip and Fall Attorney Discusses Life Changing Injuries

Slippery When Wet

Although "slip and fall" and "trip and fall" injuries are mistakenly associated with older individuals over the age of 65, individuals of all ages are capable of experiencing slip or trip and fall events. A fall injury can happen at any time- at home or in public- and such events can at times result in severe injury. The Centers for Disease Control has identified slip and fall injuries as the most common cause of injury to individuals over the age of 65, and spinal cord injuries- possibly the most serious of all possible resulting injuries- caused by slip and fall events have been on the rise in recent years among the elderly according to the Journal of Neurotrama.

Car Insurers Strategy to Increase Profits: Blame Victims with Soft-Tissue Injuries

sprained ankle

Insurance companies design their slogans, ads, and other promotional materials to give you the impression that they are trustworthy, dependable, and ready to help you when trouble strikes. Unfortunately, as many people who have faced auto insurance company representatives across the negotiating table in the aftermath of a car accident have learned, that caring and reliable facade is nothing more than a marketing ploy. The reality is that insurance companies are primarily profit-making enterprises, and most of them care much more about their own bottom line than about the financial struggles you may face when dealing with lost wages and medical bills from a soft-tissue injury after a car accident.

April 2014 Declared Distracted Driving Awareness Month

Driver drinking coffee and on cell phone

Most people are aware of the dangers of drunk driving long before they are old enough to get their driver's license, let alone have their first drink. This level of public awareness is the result of years of concerted efforts on the part of several government and non-profit agencies that work to protect people by making drivers and passengers aware of the dangers of driving while intoxicated- including not just criminal penalties, but also serious injuries suffered by the drunk driver, other drivers, and innocent bystanders.

Cars and Bicycle Accidents and the 3 Feet Please Movement

Car and Bicycle Accident 3 Feet Please Movement

By Francis M. Smith

Riding a bicycle, whether for recreation or as part of your daily commute, is an excellent form of exercise. It also helps keep the roads less crowded and the skies less polluted. However, many of the roads in New Jersey towns and all across the country do not have dedicated bike lanes or paths. Cyclists are often forced to share a lane with cars and trucks, whose drivers are frequently less than willing to share the lane safely. Across the country, there are hundreds of cyclist fatalities every year from bicycle accidents and tens of thousands more cyclists injured.

Most experienced cyclists know to wear reflective gear when riding at night and to take extra care around intersections – but the majority of bicycle accidents do not follow most people's intuitions about the most dangerous circumstances for a cyclist. Reports by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reveal that:

Traumatic Brain Injury May Cause Problems in Adolescent Development

teenager with TBI

By Francis M. Smith

Parents often joke that their teenage kids "have a hard head" when it comes to arguments and differences of opinion. Many people consider this to be literally the case, in addition to being a metaphor for stubbornness – it's a common belief that adolescents are particularly durable and resilient, healing quickly and completely from injuries that would more seriously damage an older adult. However, medical experts have discovered that adolescent children are not nearly as "hard-headed" as was once widely believed, and may be even more susceptible to serious injury resulting from head trauma than adults, rather than less. Emergency responders and emergency room medical professionals are becoming more attuned to brain injury caused by accidental trauma- whether it's a motor vehicle accident, a slip and fall accident, or any other trauma, and this applies to younger accident victims as well as older.

NHTSA: Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving (Impaired Driving)

buzzed driving is drunk driving

By Francis M. Smith

What do you call it when you've been drinking but you have not had enough to be considered legally intoxicated? Some call it being "buzzed".

Pretty much everyone knows what "Drunk Driving" means – you can't walk a straight line or recite the alphabet backwards, and you blow above a certain BAC level on the Breathalyzer or other device. In the US, that target number is 0.08. Anything below that means you're in the clear, you can drive safely, right?

Settlement Offer: Can I Make a Lifeline Call?

Personal Injury Settlement Offer

By Francis M. Smith

You are pursuing a claim to win compensation after an injury caused by someone else's negligence. You've listened to the advice of your attorney. You've worked hard to educate yourself about the legal issues in your personal injury case. Then you face a point in time that's intensely stressful -- the moment when the opposing counsel makes a settlement offer. You knew this day would come eventually, but now you're faced with a deadline. The other side is expecting an answer today, and all you have are questions. Is it enough to recognize your injury? Will you get more if you hold out a little longer? Is the insurance company trying to avoid paying you what you truly deserve?

You were careful in choosing an attorney to represent you in your personal injury case. You found someone who makes you feel comfortable, and whose experience you trust. But your lawyer can only advise you. The final decision about whether to accept that settlement offer is yours, and it's natural to feel unease and uncertainty.

Brain Injuries: When Auto Accident Symptoms Do Not Improve

brain injury resulting from car crash

By Francis M. Smith

When most people think about the kinds of serious injuries that can result from an automobile accident, it's the visually obvious physical damage that first comes to mind: wounds, broken bones, and torn muscles and ligaments. These kinds of injury are relatively easy to identify, and the difference between "injured" and "recovered" is fairly obvious. But there is a type of injury that very frequently results from car accidents that is much harder to recognize and understand. In fact, the medical profession is still learning about these injuries.

Brain injuries resulting from head trauma are common in auto accidents, and until recently, they were considered among the less severe types of injury you might sustain in a crash. Common wisdom used to hold that the symptoms of a concussion would fade in a few days or weeks with careful rest. But concussions, or traumatic brain injuries as they are more accurately called, can be much more serious and persistent than once believed. A blow to the head received during an automobile accident - or even severe "whiplash" without striking the head - can produce the same kind of brain injuries that returning soldiers have suffered due to their proximity to an explosion.

NJ "Complete Streets" Policy to Provide Safe Routes, Less Traffic for Bikers and Pedestrians

bike accident

Most of the roads in communities throughout America were not designed for any traffic other than passenger motor vehicles – and indeed, many people would ask, what other traffic besides cars and trucks should we expect to see on our roads? The reality, of course, is that every day, many of the country's pedestrians, bicyclists, and public transit riders use roads that are unsuited to their needs, for lack of any other option. Some streets lack even sidewalks where people can walk safely, to say nothing of bicycle lanes or crosswalks. This can result in devastating pedestrian or bicycle accidents with cars in which the cyclist or person on foot may sustain life-altering injuries.

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