Worst Injuries from Pedestrian Accidents

The best roads are those that are safe for use of both drivers and pedestrians. It can even be argued that roads should cater more to the safety of pedestrians, because they are more vulnerable compared to drivers. They are like chunks of meat ready to be smashed by fast-moving metallic frameworks.

According to the website of the New York City personal injury attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, those who have been hit and hurt by vehicles with negligent drivers may take their cases to court. But what are the possible injuries they can sustain anyway? Below are some of the worst ones.

Brain or head injuries

The head and brain are particularly vulnerable during the fall after impact, where they can hit a hard surface like a pavement or a rock. These are some of the most important parts of the body, so sustaining an injury in these parts are truly threatening.

The website of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD has enumerated some of its associated impairments, including cognitive ones such as depression, difficulty in speech, and physical ones such as headaches and poor body coordination.

Spinal cord injuries

Like the head and brain, the spinal cord is a vital part of the body, and damaging it can be equally devastating, or maybe even more. Spinal cord injuries may be severe enough to cause various kinds of paralysis, such as tetraplegia, paraplegia, and monoplegia – all of which present their own motor and sensory problems.

Spinal cord injuries from pedestrian accidents are usually sustained by falling hard on a surface or getting hit by a vehicle from the back. They can also be sustained from the rapid back and forth movement that occur during collisions.

Fractures

Breaking bones are not as devastating as brain and spinal cord injuries, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t painful and don’t affect your life. They can be troublesome, especially during the healing process.

Fractures are usually sustained from extending the arms or legs upon impact or landing, or getting hit hard in a particular part of the body, like the chest. The most common fracture areas are the arms, hands, legs, feet, ribs, hips, and pelvis.

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Why Bicycle Accidents Happen

It is understandable that bicycles are popular modes of transport. They cost less, require less maintenance, and promote fitness. But they don’t come without risks. Even though bicycles can have their own lanes, they may still be prone to accidents because of the errors of their riders and other drivers.

According to the website of these Brownsville personal injury lawyers, those who have been hurt in bicycle accidents may get compensation from negligent drivers who have caused the accidents. But when you think about it, monetary compensation is never enough to offset the victim’s pain and suffering, so it is better if everybody just makes the effort of avoiding bicycle accidents.

Bicyclist Mistakes
Not wearing protective gear: Bicyclists should always wear helmets, pads, and other protections to minimize the damage of accidents. They may be the gears that will prevent them from sustaining severe traumatic injuries.

Not addressing visibility issues: Bicycles are smaller machines on the road, so they may be less visible to other drivers. Bicyclists should make sure that they are visible, like by staying on their proper lanes, wearing reflective clothing, and utilizing bicycle lights.

Going too fast: Bicyclists should be aware that they are some of the most vulnerable people on the road, so they should really consider their speed, especially on intersections and narrow roads where they may fail to react on time to unexpected events if they are going too fast.

Driver Mistakes
Not being careful on intersections: Drivers in intersections should be very mindful of their blind spots and possible bicyclists in them. Drivers who turn right on intersections may block bicyclists going the same direction. Drivers who turn left or go straight the intersections may block bicyclists going the adjacent direction.

Suddenly changing lanes: Abrupt maneuvers on the road, such as lane changing, may catch bicyclists, especially if the bicyclists are on their blind spots.

Opening the door without looking: Accidents can still happen even if the involved vehicle is not moving. If the person in the vehicle opens the door without looking for oncoming motorists, the door may serve as an obstruction to passing bicyclists.

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Seat Belt can Save Lives; However, These can also Cause Deaths

There are occasions when a vehicle has to be recalled, either by the manufacturer or by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) through a court order due to the following reasons:

  1. The same type of problem or defect has been identified in a group of vehicles of the same design and same year model;
  2. The defect poses a risk to the safety of the driver, passengers or anyone else on the road; and,
  3. The vehicle itself or any of its parts do not comply with the minimum performance requirement standards set by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). These standards make sure that a vehicle can be operated safely and that the driver and passengers would have enough protection from serious injury or death in the event of a crash. The FMVSS has actually set standards for tires, brakes, lighting, child restraints, air bags and safety belts, among others.

Vehicle recalls usually happen due to complaints consumers make to the vehicle manufacturer or to the Office of Defects Investigation (ODI), a department of the NHTSA. In October of 2014, for instance, Chrysler had to recall about 184,215 of its SUVs worldwide due to defective airbags and seat belts; this was besides the more than 850,000 vehicles that Ford already recalled in September of the same year (due to the same problem).

Seat belts keep drivers and passengers from hitting with great force any of a car’s interior parts (such as a door window, dashboard, or windshield) during an accident, thus, providing them with the best protection against serious injuries. Sadly, however, seat belts are not only known as life-saving devices. In some instances, instead of saving lives, these have caused injuries or death – due to defects.

A defective or malfunctioning seat belt may be because of poor manufacturing or poor design. Every year, at least 10,000 (of the more than 30,000) individuals who die in car crashes are said to have died due to faulty seat belts.

“Despite all the government testing and consumer warnings,” according to a Misconduct Attorney, “ innocent people are still being injured and killed daily by dangerous products. Whether the harm was caused by a manufacturing defect or a failure to warn of possible side effects, a product liability lawyer can fight to get compensation for your pain and suffering.” This it is important that you contact a car accident or a personal injury lawyer immediately after an accident.

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Beneath the Friendly and Warm Welcome to Arriving Residents in Nursing Homes

Records from the American Association for Justice show that 90% of nursing home facilities in the U.S. do not have enough number of qualified nurses and staff needed to ensure provision of sufficient, quality care required by residents, who are elders, usually those aged 65 and above, people who are ill and in need of rehabilitative therapy, physically or mentally incapacitated individuals, and those in need of extra care, such as patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. If this is a factual case, then this will be great injustice against residents, who have been accepted and promised round-the-clock medical care and assistance even in the performance of the most basic daily tasks, which include eating, bathing, dressing, toileting and so forth.

In May 2014 the total number of certified nursing home facilities in the U.S. was just a little above 15,000, while the number of residents was about 1.5 million. Despite the existence of thousands of nursing homes all across the nation, many are hesitant to send a member of their family to one due to news of widespread cases of neglect and abuse which cause in residents physical injuries, humiliation, emotional trauma, self-pity, hatred, despair, etc.

Nursing homes guarantee provision of the highest level of care for older Americans. Now, with fees ranging between $3,000 and $10,000 a month (this depends on the type of facility, the services required, cost of labor), it is only necessary that these facilities provide what they promise.

Beneath the friendly and warm welcome to arriving residents (who are accompanied by their family), though, is just the beginning of what could be a traumatic and painful experience: a fact, by the way, in many nursing homes where emotional, physical, financial and sexual abuses and many other forms of acts of neglect and abuse are committed by the employees themselves or by the victim’s co-residents, but who are only coerced by, again, the employees.

Some examples of acts of neglect that residents are made to suffer include non-provision of hygienic care, delay in treating or non-treatment bedsores, failure to provide needed medical care or attention, being denied of food and or drinking water, delay in providing needed assistance, and so forth.

Many residents, despite the pains they go through, decide to remain silent; thus, it is important that family member become sensitive to changes in their loved one’s behavior and physical features. Acts of negligence in a nursing home often result to bedsores and pressure ulcers, injuries from slip and falls, sudden weight loss, emotional withdrawal by the elder, unusual changes in behavior, dehydration, malnutrition, changes in personal hygiene, and lack of friendly interaction with nursing home staff or residents.

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How Safe are Amusement Park Rides?

Children are always playful, too excited and, sometimes, uneasy, especially when they are in amusement parks. This is probably the reason why an estimated 4,400 children get hurt in amusement parks every year. With regard to adults, however, it can be any other reason besides excitement, like an existing health condition or carelessness. In many other instances, however, amusement park accidents happen due to poorly designed rides, operator negligence, mechanical failure or improper behavior by other park attendees.

In 2010, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA) recorded 290 million amusement park tickets sold in the US. The following year, IAAPA received reports of 1,204 people getting injured in 400 different amusement parks.

Deaths and injuries in amusement parks are not common, occurring only to 1 out of every 9 million visitors, according to the IAAPA. Some deaths, however, can just be too gruesome, like people drowning or getting electrocuted in water slides; people getting thrown off from their seats while on a roller coaster; and, older adults or teenagers sustaining bone fractures in the leg or arm either while on rides or while getting off these rides. Some other forms of injuries (non-fatal ones), include a man accidentally swallowing too much water during a water theme park ride or some individuals suffering from dizziness or chest pains after a ride.

As required by law, operators of fixed-site amusement parks should report to state and local government regulatory authorities all incidences of accidents, ride-related defects and manufacturer-related safety issues. State and local governments actually bear the full burden when it comes to ensuring the safety of amusement park rides; part of their responsibility includes the establishment of safety audit and safety inspection programs.

Another government agency that has tasks related to safety in amusement parks is the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The task of this federal agency, however, is limited to recording and compiling all accidents involving mobile rides and devices, like those in carnivals and local fairs.

As clearly stated in IAAPA’s website, “Safety is the Amusement Park Industry’s Number 1 Priority” . To ensure this, standards have been set on the design, manufacture, quality assurance, testing, operation, inspection, and maintenance of rides. All rides, and how an amusement park actually operates, are also subject to rigorous inspections by state and local governments and insurance companies. Park employees and specialty companies are, likewise, required to periodically re-inspect rides, using as their guide for safety check, the guidelines provided by the rides’ manufacturers.

With all the safety checks and the standards on rides, it should already be safe to say that amusement parks are accident-free fun places. Obviously, however, this is not the case. The law firm Williams Kherkher mentions on its website, for instance, that amusement park visitors may face risks of injury, especially if a park operator fails to follow proper safety procedures.

There is no telling what type of injury one may be at risk sustaining in an amusement park. Various government records show of minor to severe injuries and even accidental deaths. Regardless of the severity of an injury, victims should find out if their case is worth pursuing legally.

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Keeping buyer’s remorse at bay

Feeling anxious and jittery over an item that you’ve just bought? Those could be tell-tale signs of a buyer’s remorse. Although the consequences of a bad buy could be trivial for some small tickets, they could be financially disastrous if a big purchase is involved. So, if you feel any hint of doubt in booking that expensive cruise or buying that house, the best way to do is to back off and consider your options all over again.

When buying cars

Cars could be the biggest ticket you could buy during your early to mid-20s. Unfortunately, your interest in buying your first car coincides with the time when you have to start paying for your student debt, or learn more about your career, or move out of your parents’ house. During this time of changes and adjustments, can your finances handle the pressure? If not, delaying your purchase could be your best bet.

But what could be more remorseful than buying a car that you think is both powerful and eco-friendly? The website of The Driscoll Firm points out the disappointment and anxiety buyers must have felt when they paid a premium for a Volkswagen diesel car that promises pull without harming the environment. Unfortunately, the U.S. Environment Protection Agency found that the German car maker intentionally installed software designed to cheat emissions tests.

When buying a house

Your house could be your biggest investment ever, and so buying one leaves no room for any doubt. Look around the community. Do you feel that the neighborhood fits your lifestyle? How about its distance from your work, the school, the nearest hospital? What if you plan to add square footage? Knowing all of this beforehand can help you keep buyer’s remorse at bay.
When purchasing a contract

Signing up for the gym or purchasing a T.V. satellite subscription is never a minor thing. By purchasing them carelessly, you get to be reminded of how bad the item is whenever your monthly bill shows. So, when purchasing anything with a lock-in period, know the best product most appropriate for you.

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Injuries Caused by Car Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3 million people are injured in car crashes every year. Due to the nature of car crashes, some injuries are, unfortunately, more common than others. When cars are struck from a certain side, or collide with different objects, certain injuries are more likely to occur.

Head injuries range in severity. Car crashes can leave victims with injuries that will last a lifetime, or can be less severe, such as a mild concussion. Although these injuries have different severities, they may be the most dangerous to sustain in a crash. It is not uncommon for brain injuries to show no physical symptoms or warning signs immediately following the crash. Traumatic brain injuries can affect car crash victims for the rest of their lives.

Back injuries typically consist of muscle pulls and tears, but can also include injuries to the spine and neck. Spine injuries can also typically be severe. From ruptured disks to muscle strains and tears, they can be wildly uncomfortable for the victim and also have a long recovery period. Neck injuries can include disk issues, as well as strains like whiplash.

Soft tissue injuries, such as bruises, are typically caused by colliding with objects in the car, and are the most common type of car accident injury. Soft tissue injuries can also include cuts and scrapes caused by contact with objects in the car or glass from the windshield puncturing the skin.

Many of these can be prevented by wearing a seatbelt and observing the rules of the road. Oftentimes, however, the reckless actions of others are the cause of car crash injuries. For more information about liability with car crash injuries, visit the website of Evans Moore, LLC.

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Wrongful Death: Legal Options for the Family

Coping with the death of a loved one will always be difficult. There’s no way to describe the devastation people experience as they try to make sense of their loss. Such devastation can only increase tenfold when the circumstances involve an accident caused by another individual’s wrong doing. This happens often with car accidents. According to data from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), 32,719 people died in fatal car crashes during 2013.

There are dozens of scenarios that could lead to a fatal car accident. Huge collisions can come from a slight oversight in the part of one driver. However, in most cases, these accidents are caused by recklessness and negligence. As the IIHS points out, alcohol plays a huge role in these kinds of situations. For 2013, 72 percent of drivers killed in car accidents were found to have a blood alcohol concentration level over what is legally mandated. In these scenarios, the family of the innocent victim is entitled by law to seek out justice and compensation.

The victim’s survivors, typically comprised of family and loved ones, can pursue a wrongful death claim or a lawsuit. According to the website of personal injury lawyers Schuler Halvorson Weisser Zoeller & Overbeck P.A., these legal avenues can allow survivors to receive compensation for medical treatment costs, funeral expenses, any loss of income that the victim could have earned for their family, as well as loss of companionship.

The court will reward compensation to those referred to by the law as “real parties in interest”. These are survivors who are part of the victim’s immediate family, distant family members, and financial dependents like a domestic partner. In some cases, the court might also reward anyone who is financially affected by the victim’s sudden death.

Dealing with death will always be difficult. However, the challenge of coping can increase in case of untimely and wrongful death. The family and loved ones left behind by the victim should not have to suffer any more than they already do. If you are in the same devastating situation, do not hesitate to consult with a personal injury attorney to learn more about your legal options.

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Product Defects and Injuries

Many times the victims of defective products are children whose toys have caused them injuries, either through the parts of the toy or lacking safety warnings for appropriate age group. Every year, hundreds of thousands of children suffer from injuries from defective products and there are even those who die from toy-related deaths. One of the dangers that these toys cause are choking hazards; because very young children are curious and would often put things into their mouths. It is the manufacturer’s responsibility to provide a safety warning for proper labeling on the package that they come in.

Likewise, according to the Ausband & Dumont Law Firm, the dangers of defective products can also affect adults. Every product should have a warning label. Electrical appliances can have faulty wiring, which could result in electrocution or burn injuries. Sometimes, people are injured death due to defective products. They may be able to file a personal injury claim. This would enable them to claim compensation for the damages that the product has caused, and would cover for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, other damages.

A manufacturer of a product can cause defects in a number of ways; one being the design itself was defective. Another error would be on the assembly of the product, where despite the right design, poor workmanship, using deficient materials for the product, or committing mistakes during the assembly itself. Lastly, the failure to warn the consumer of the roper use and safety could lead to many accidents and injuries. Despite being under the watchful eye of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, many defective household appliances are still sold in the market. Consumers should be watchful of what they are using and read the safety features first before using the product. They are also advised to check the product for defects before purchasing them, and to watch out for product recalls that often points out the deficiency of a product.

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Social Security Disability Benefits

Workers who get injured while performing their job can always avail of the financial shelter provided by the Workers’ Compensation Insurance program, which was approved in 1908 and designed to immediately provide financial benefits (without the need for litigation). This Workers’ Comp was meant to cover lost wages, medical treatment, rehabilitation and death. The case is not the same, however, for workers who sustain injuries or illnesses that are not work-related, even if such injury or illness caused total disability.

It was not until 1956, when the Social Security Act of 1935 enforced the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI or SSD), a program designed to provide financial benefits to those whose injury or illness rendered them totally disabled; another program (for the same purpose, but with different requirements) was the Supplemental Security Income or SSI.

SSDI was specifically intended for insured Social Security members. This means individuals who have worked long enough or recently enough and have paid the monthly SS taxes (identified as FICA or Federal Insurance Contributions Act in one’s pay slip). To be a qualified recipient under the SSDI program, though, an individual:

  • Should have acquired the needed amount of credits (he/she can earn 4 credits in a year)
  • Is below 65 years old (insured members aged 65 or above will be awarded the SS Retirement benefit instead)
  • The disability is included in the list of serious health conditions made by Social Security, or is serious enough to render the insured member unable to perform the work that he/she was assigned to perform before the disability occurred

The disability is expected to go on for, at least, a year or it could lead to death

Despite qualifying in the SSDI program, an insured worker can also be found to be qualified in SSI. This case, wherein an SS member would receive both SSI and SSDI benefits, is called “concurrent benefits.” This happens when the SSDI payment awarded to the member is small. To raise the amount of payment up to the maximum amount allowed by the SSDI, the SSI benefit will serve as an addition.

For totally disabled workers, qualifying for the SSDI benefits (or SSI) is a major concern. Many, however, have already been denied their application and appeals due to their own mistakes. To keep an applicant from committing mistakes, as well as for better chances of getting one’s application approved, hiring an SS disability insurance lawyer would the first wisest thing to make as he/she will help make sure the everything is accomplished correctly and submitted on time.

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