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Life After a Brain Injury: Here is How to Cope

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 Hazards to Avoid to Prevent a Slip and Fall on Ice

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

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?

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?

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....
Keep Your Kids Safe from These Top Childhood Accidents

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...
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