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What is the Recovery Process for a Brain Injury & Medical Costs?

Posted on January 26th, 2017

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI’s for short, can occur in a variety of types of accidents. Common causes of TBI’s include car accidents, birth injuries, anesthesia errors, assaults, sports-related accidents, and slip, trip, and fall accidents. Every brain injury is different and affects victims in different ways. The prognosis, short- and long-term health effects, recovery process, and medical costs for treatment can all vary considerably depending on each unique case. Here is an overview of some things you might expect after a brain injury. Basic Recovery Process for a TBI There are four main types of brain injuries: Closed Head Injuries – Occurs when the brain hits the inside of the skull. Penetrating Injuries – Happens when something such as a bullet fractures the skull and damages the brain. Toxic Injuries – A result of the brain’s exposure to hazardous chemicals. The recovery process for a TBI will depend on the type and severity of the injury. All brain injuries require emergency medical care. Anoxic Injuries – Stem from lack of oxygen to the brain, such as during a birth injury. Treatment for a mild TBI, such as a concussion that did not result in loss of consciousness, typically involves…

Five Important Things to Do After a Motorcycle Accident

Posted on November 21st, 2016

After any automobile crash you may feel scared, disorientated, and confused about what to do next. Motorcycle accidents can result in more severe injuries than other crashes, making them particularly traumatic. Your actions immediately following a motorcycle accident can affect your recovery, liability, and eligibility for legal compensation. Protect your rights as a motorist by knowing what you should and should not do after an accident. #1. Check for Injuries Directly after a crash, stay on the scene and move to a place of safety. Get out of traffic and remain somewhere off the roadway where you can safely gather information. If a vehicle is on fire or leaking gasoline, stand a safe distance away to call the police. Whether you’re the motorcyclist or passenger vehicle driver, check yourself and others for injuries. Few motorcyclists walk away without injury after a collision. Neck, back and head injuries are common in motorcycle accidents. If you suspect injuries to your neck, back, or spine, avoid movement until paramedics arrive on scene. Agitating a serious spinal cord injury can worsen physical damage. Other common motorcycle accident injuries include: Concussions and traumatic brain injuries Bone fractures, especially in the lower extremities Abrasions or “road…

Should I Call the Police for a Small or Minor Car Accident?

Posted on August 24th, 2016

Under certain circumstances, the law requires you to call the police from an accident scene and file a police report. In other cases, you may not have to notify the police – but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Notifying the police even in a minor car accident can expedite the process, identify who was at fault, and help you in the future should you need to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you’re involved in a small car accident, know what to do and when to call the police. Car Accidents Law in California In California, the law mandates that all drivers involved in an accident must stop, no matter how minor the accident was. Drivers must stop even in a slight fender bender that doesn’t seem to have caused much damage. Whether the accident involved a stationary object, moving vehicle, pedestrian, or someone else’s property, you have the legal obligation to stop and exchange information with the other party. Driving away leads to a hit and run charge, which comes with worse penalties than a standard accident. Once your vehicle collides with something else, you must stop and you should notify the California Highway Patrol or local police. Dial…

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