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May 2017 Archives

What if I suffer a TBI due to a negligent driver?

In the United States, about 1.7 million emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths take place each year due to traumatic brain injury. These types of injuries can easily happen as a result of a car accident caused by a negligent driver. This is particularly true if you and/or the other motor vehicle was traveling a fast speed.

Who or what is really at fault for your accident?

In a matter of just a few seconds, a car accident can change your life. You may believe that you are not at fault for what happened, and while someone else may actually be responsible, proving it can be quite difficult. At this point, it can be quite useful to understand the concept of fault and liability as they relate to motor vehicle accidents.

The backbone of a strong civil claim after a spinal cord injury

Suffering a spinal cord injury has the potential to change your life. Depending on the type and severity of the injury, it is possible that you could suffer irreversible damage, loss of mobility and find yourself unable to do certain things. Whatever the result of your injury, you deserve medical care and rehabilitation.

I've been seriously hurt in a motor vehicle collision: What now?

A split-second crash can have lifelong consequences, particularly if it causes you to suffer a serious injury, such as a traumatic brain injury. Sometimes accidents are the result of another person's negligence behind the wheel. For instance, perhaps another motorist was speeding or texting while driving.

You don't have to be drunk to be an impaired driver

Alcohol can affect a person's ability to think clearly, act reasonably and drive safely. However, impairment does not start when a person is legally drunk, but can begin at the moment the first drink is consumed. According to the law, a driver is legally drunk when his or her blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08 percent or higher, but a driver can certainly be impaired if his or her BAC is lower than that.

The grieving process and wrongful death situations

Most Florida residents either know someone battling a potentially fatal illness, or someone who already died by this or some accidental injury. Although death is a natural part of life's progression, it's never easy when the person who dies is a close family member or friend. The best way to process your grief when a loved one passes away is something only you can discern, for no two journeys are exactly the same.

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