Up until this research was performed, no one had done any injury assessment for thoracic (mid-chest) or lumbar (lower) spine injuries.
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Proving the existence of mental trauma – including PTSD – following a car crash can sometimes be difficult. This is especially true in the case of young children who may have difficulty verbalizing their feelings and emotions anyway.
It is a traumatizing experience for anyone, no matter what age. However, children can be most affected, even if they are not physically injured.
Many injury attorneys would have immediately recommended litigation but I wanted to secure my client the policy limits while his attorney fees were less. I traded extensive correspondence with the liability carrier and eventually got them to tender the full liability policy limits.
Because it is Brain Injury Awareness Month, I'm writing a series of posts about this increasingly common and studied injury. The more the medical community learns about TBI, the better public awareness of risks, symptoms, and treatment options.
Although symptoms from most mild traumatic brain injuries subside, a small percentage of people (5-15%) will suffer chronic symptoms and impairments. They are often referred to as the “miserable minority.”
Traumatic Brain Injury can devastate someone's health and functionality. Depending on the extent of the injury and what part of the brain is affected, changes can be far-reaching.
A common injury for car accident victims is TBI. And these are some of the hardest to treat, with some potentially terrible and long-lasting symptoms.
While a head injury can certainly occur after such an event, studies have shown that one can sustain a closed head injury without losing consciousness or suffering from an actual impact to the head.
The negligent parties are not necessarily the individual(s) directly involved with a death, but can be a group or entity, such as a County government department or entity, or a hospital.
Modern engineering has made great strides to mitigate these potential injuries, but even a defensive driver wearing a seat belt properly is still vulnerable in a car accident.
Patients who have suffered any degree of whiplash will typically start experiencing symptoms within the first twenty-four hours after the incident. Often times, patients can have difficulty identifying the nature of their discomfort, since these symptoms can vary depending upon the exact nature of the injury.
Physical examination findings can greatly impact cases as objective evidence typically has more probative value than subjective complaints alone.
If someone waits a few days before seeing a doctor they usually suggest the person couldn’t be “that hurt” since they didn’t need medical attention right away.
Apart from the nature and extent of the injury, there are four critical factors that can affect the award of compensation in an insurance settlement.
Insurance companies almost always try to suggest a herniated disc was caused by something other than the car accident. If the MRI results show the presence of degenerative disc disease they will try to argue the injury was pre-existing.
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