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Life After a Brain Injury: Here is How to Cope

Traumatic brain injuries are more severe and happen more frequently than you think. TBIs account for approximately 30 percent of all injury deaths. A TBI is primarily caused by a jerk, shock or jolt to the head that disturbs the normal functioning of the brain. This can happen at work, while hanging out with friends, while driving, and even at home. Effects of traumatic brain injury typically include issues from impaired thinking to emotional functioning. These matters do not only affect the individual but their families and communities as well. Handling the emotional, physical and cognitive stresses of a TBI is not easy and can become very overwhelming. Here are a few things you can do to cope with a brain injury: Acceptance Perhaps the most critical aspect of recovering from a brain injury is accepting that it will never be the same, and embracing the changes. Many people suffer a lot more than they have to by becoming emotionally abusive and being angry about what happened to them. It is vital that the individual suffering from a TBI understands what they are going through, and that they learn to cope with the new changes without becoming too emotionally overwhelmed or worried about the future. Seeking Help Don’t be afraid to seek help when you need it. Although it is very easy to feel isolated and alone after a TBI, it is vital that you find as much support as you can. Whether it’s for physical help or emotional support, having the people you love surrounding you certainly make a positive impact. You may try to convince yourself that...

5 Things You Should Never Say to an Insurance Company

Being in a car accident, being injured, or dealing with property loss and damage can be traumatizing for the person involved. The physical and emotional effect of these ordeals can be stressful for anyone. Add the financial burden, and the problem even blows out of proportion. This is where your insurance coverage comes in. Experts would recommend that you must at least have these four types of insurance: health insurance, life insurance, auto insurance, and property insurance. Your insurance coverage should offer you protection for everything that you have worked hard for. However, talking to an insurance adjuster in processing your claims is a tricky thing. For one, insurance adjusters work for the insurance company, not for you. Their job includes trying to pay out as little from their employer’s pockets. Here are some things that you should never ever say to your insurance company representative. Never say anything that will point the fault to you. Simply put, never admit you are at fault. Admitting that it was your fault that you got injured can be attributed to your own negligence. This can be used to deny your claim. And while it is human nature to apologize out of habit, never say sorry for the accident that happened. Never say the word “whiplash”. Whiplash is a neck injury which results when a person’s head moves backward and then forward suddenly and forcefully. Though most common from rear-end car collisions, whiplash can also result from physical abuse, sports injuries, and other accidents. Common symptoms of whiplash include neck pain and stiffness, headaches, dizziness, blurred vision, and constant weariness. However, whiplash...

5 Hazards to Avoid to Prevent a Slip and Fall on Ice

The winter months mean you can finally look forward to a season of seemingly endless ammo for snowball fights, not having to worry about your frozen groceries melting in the trunk, and choosing between sledding or walking downhill. There’ s only one caveat: you have to enjoy all of these while treading through wet and melting snow, ice, and cracked sidewalks due to freezing temperatures. Slip and fall accidents are the primary cause of injury and disability among people in the United States. According to research from the National Safety Council, over nine million slip and fall accidents come into the emergency room every year, with 17,000 of those people passing away from their injuries. Unfortunately, injuries from a slip and fall accident are fairly common in cold and icy weather. Most of the time, these slip and fall accidents are completely avoidable – all you have to do is make sure you’re aware of which hazards to watch out for. Failing to do so can leave you vulnerable to the following types of slip and fall injuries:   Muscles and Ligament Sprain   Compression Bone Fractures   Concussion   Herniated Disc in Spine Avoid an unnecessary trip to the doctor’s office this season by familiarizing yourself with the following five hazards to avoid to prevent a slip and fall on ice. Avoid Slippery or Wet Surfaces: Always steer clear of wet and slippery surfaces while walking in cold weather. Use Snow Boots: If you anticipate snow this winter, opt for snow boots in lieu of fancy high-heels or sneakers. Try to walk slowly, flat-footed, and focused on where you are stepping. Avoid...

On the Ground: The Ultimate Guide to Premises Liability and Slip and Falls

Falls account for over 8 million hospital emergency room visits, which is the leading cause of trips to the emergency doctor (21.3%). Slips and falls account for over 1 million visits or 12% of total falls. Getting hurt, specifically in one’s property such as a home or a grocery store can result in a very big case. Premises liability and slip and fall cases can occur at any time. Learn more about handling these situations: What is Considered a Slip and Fall Case? Similar to most states, New Jersey’s slip and fall cases include any occasion where someone is injured as a result of unsafe property or building conditions. Landowners and property managers have a duty to keep their premises safe, and overlooking this duty can encourage a lawsuit against him or her. The land owner’s responsibilities vary depending on each type of entrant. The landowner owes less of a duty to protect the trespasser than other types of entrants. The land owner’s duty is highest for business matters or business invitees. The Slip and Fall Statute of Limitations A statute of limitations is a law that puts a time frame regarding your right to have a lawsuit heard in the state’s court system. If you file your slip and fall claim once the deadline has passed, the property owner will be able to bring this to the court’s attention. This will most likely cause your case to be dismissed. Specifically, New Jersey Statutes section 2A:14-2 states: “Every action at law for an injury to the person caused by the wrongful act, neglect or default of any person within...

Can You Sue For Gym Injuries?

In a recent study by the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, 73.5 percent of participants sustained an injury while doing CrossFit. The injury rate for CrossFitters is quite similar to those exercising at the gym. It is important to take precautions while working out, and ensure that you do not injure yourself. Harm can occur due to equipment malfunction, not stretching, and poor cleaning. Whichever the cause of your injury is, you may have a case. Here is more information regarding gym injuries, and what it may mean for you. Liability Waivers Like most companies, gyms have a responsibility to keep their premises safe. However, if you signed a liability waiver before registering for a gym membership, this may affect your lawsuit. Injury liability waivers attempt to limit equipment liability and possible employee negligence. Some injury liability waivers will even attempt to provide total immunity from potential lawsuits. These clauses may not hold up in court. Depending on what you have signed, your case can be strengthened or weakened. If you have not yet registered for a membership, and are contemplating doing so, make sure to read over the contract before signing. It is important to know your rights. Recent Developments In the N.J. Supreme Court ruling Stelluti v. Casapenn Enterprises, a precedent was established. Gina Stelluti acquired a membership at the Powerhouse gym. She was injured within an hour while using a bicycle during a spin class. As she was instructed to stand on the pedals, the handlebars were detached, causing injuries to her neck and back due to her fall. Stelluti sued the gym for negligence....

I was the Passenger in a Car Crash. Can I Make a Claim?

As the passenger of a car accident, you are usually not held liable for the car crash. You may have an easier case than a driver or another type of personal injury litigant. Generally, as a passenger, you do not need to prove any liability when filing a claim. This makes it easier to file the legal documents, and to receive compensation. Dealing with injury claims and accidents can get overwhelming and confusing. As a lawyer who wants to help those involved in car injuries, I am here to help. Check out the information below to learn more about filing a claim, as a passenger in a car accident. Filing the Claim Filing a passenger injury claim essentially involves a similar method to filing any other type of car accident claim. The only difference is that as a passenger, you have the ability to make the claim against both of the drivers, if the accident involved two vehicles. It is important that you get insurance details from both of the drivers, and file the claim against each driver’s insurance company. Yet, there are exceptions. For example, if the accident gained no-fault status, you should go ahead and file a Personal Injury Protection (PIP), or no fault claim against the driver, relative to your medical bills and lost earnings. Multiple Passenger Injury Claim One potential issue with passenger injury cases is when you are not the only passenger. Say you are involved in a car accident, with two other passengers. If all three of you file against the negligent driver, it may exceed the amount that his insurance can cover....

Driving Safe in the Snow: Top 5 Driving Safety Tips for the Winter

Driving during winter has its own risks. Apart from slippery roads, getting stuck somewhere might be life-threatening due to the cold temperature. Protect yourself and your family by driving safe in the snow. Here are the top 5 driving safety tips for the winter.   Prep your car.     Preparation is key to avert disaster. This is the reason why it tops the top 5 driving safety tips for the winter. Make sure that your car is in tiptop condition every time you hit the road. You can also switch to winter tires. They are specifically designed to run through snow with the works: better traction, stronger grip, easy handling, and quick braking. You also must check how much gas you have. Not just for long distance driving, a full gas tank does two things. It lessens moisture particularly in the fuel compartment, and it increases the weight of the car making it more beneficial for braking and slowing down. You should also check your lights as well.   Keep a safety kit at all times.   This should be the case whether it is winter or not. For the winter, you might have to double up on supplies, especially if you will be passing through rough roads or covering a longer distance. A typical kit includes the following things: Food (those that do not spoil) Water Flashlight Extra batteries Portable charger for your phone Booster cables Shovel First Aid Kit Special Medication (for family members who have certain health conditions) Reliable glass cleaner (for foggy windows) You can still add more stuff to your safety kit.  Find...

Got into a Car Accident in an Uber? Here’s What to Do Next

More than 50 million people use Uber. Uber has been in Morris County since 2014. Lyft, Uber’s closest competitor, has 3 million monthly active riders. Lyft is in Parsippany as well. Smartphones are everywhere today, and in the future, it seems likely that almost everyone will have one. As a lawyer who deals with passenger injuries, I want to help. Dealing with ride-sharing services is a unique and constantly evolving area of law, and we want to assist you in understanding it. Keep reading for more information on what to do if you have been in an Uber accident. The First Steps The first thing you should do after you have been in an accident of any kind is to attend to the medical needs of everyone involved. It is a good idea to check to see that the passengers in the other car are ok. You will want to keep in mind that certain problems or symptoms may not show up until hours, or even days, later so you should stay aware of your medical condition. Call an ambulance, if one is needed. After that, you should record as much of the scene of the accident as you can. This may involve taking photos of the scene of the accident, gathering statements from eyewitnesses, and getting contact info from the other driver. The app itself will give you some information on your driver, but it cannot hurt to ask them for their name and a phone number. You will want to call the police as soon as you possibly can. They will keep a record of who did...

Keep Your Kids Safe from These Top Childhood Accidents

An estimated 9.2 million children go to the emergency room every year due to an unintentional injury. As a NJ injury lawyer, I want to help you understand the accidents that are most likely to harm your children. Falls Falls are by far the most common cause of accidents in the home. By some measures, they account for 44% of all accidents. While a fall onto a carpet may not be so bad, falling down the stairs could lead to broken bones. Additionally, falling onto hard concrete or from a bed could lead to serious injury. If your children are very young, you can put a safety gate at the top of the stairs. Teaching your children to clean up after themselves is very important. It teaches them diligence and hygiene, but it also eliminates things they can trip over. Making sure your carpet does not have any tufts or holes in it may also help keep your kids safe from falls. Burns Every single day, more than 300 children go to the emergency room because they have been burned. Little kids are more likely to be burned by hot liquids or steam, and older children are more likely to be burned by direct contact with fire. Children’s skin is much more sensitive than adults’. An adult may be able to handle a hot drink or a hot bath, but a child will be more sensitive to that. If the water is too hot for you, it is definitely too hot for your child. When the drink or the bath water tests your pain tolerance, it is definitely too...

Post-Accident Symptoms and Treatments

Death by vehicular accidents is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Every year, millions of people are injured or killed in car crashes. In order to lessen these accidents, car developers continue to make all sorts of safety improvements. Countless lives have been saved through these developments. However, accidents just simply cannot be avoided. Being part of a car accident is truly an unfortunate situation. This may cause stress, trauma, and all sorts of physical injuries. In more serious accidents, you will be able to see the more obvious symptoms of injury immediately. But sometimes, symptoms of injury may only be felt hours or days later. Headache Headaches are common to experience after having been involved in a car accident. If you strike your head hard, your brain may hit the inside of your skull, causing you to sustain a concussion. Symptoms do not often show up immediately. Apart from headaches, you may also feel disoriented, nauseous, and have difficulty in thinking and retaining information. A splitting headache may also mean you have incurred another undiagnosed head injury, or even a blood clot.  A doctor will typically prescribe pain relievers so that you will feel some immediate comfort. You must also get some good rest and avoid doing any strenuous activities. In order to more precisely diagnose your injury, have a CT scan of your brain done. Joint and Muscle Pain Being involved in a car accident means that your body may have taken in a lot of force and trauma. This may cause you to feel sore and all banged up. One of the...
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