Personal Injury

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Fire or Electrical Burn Injury

Burns of any type can be highly variable in terms of the tissue affected, the severity, and the resultant complications. Muscle, bone, blood vessel, and epidermal tissue can all be damaged with subsequent pain due to injury to nerve endings. Depending on the location affected and the degree of severity, a burn victim may experience a wide number of life threatening complications including shock, infection, electrolyte imbalance and respiratory distress. Beyond physical complications, burns can also result in severe psychological and emotional distress due to scarring and deformity.

The human body is such a good conductor of electricity that while some electrical burns may look minor, there still may be serious internal damage, especially to the heart, muscles, or brain. The outcome of an electric shock to an individual depends on the intensity of the voltage to which the person was exposed, the route of the current through the body, the victim’s state of health, and the speed and adequacy of the treatment. Electric current can cause injury in three main ways: (1) Cardiac arrest due to the electrical effect on the heart; (2) Muscle, nerve, and tissue destruction from a current passing through the body; and (3) Thermal burns from contact with the electrical source.

Burns are grouped according to severity, each with distinctive symptoms. First-degree burns are mild and injure only the outer layer of skin. The skin becomes red, but turns white when touched. The area may also be painful to the touch. Second-degree burns are deeper, more severe, and very painful. Blisters may form on the burned area. This type of burn takes about two weeks to heal. Third-degree burns are the deepest and most serious kind. The skin becomes white and leathery, but it does not feel very tender when touched. Serious burns may also be accompanied by headache, fever and dizziness.

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Brain and Neurological Injury

Brain and Neurological Injury, oftentimes referred to as “traumatic brain injury” (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. Trauma is defined as any body wound or shock produced by sudden physical injury, as from accident, injury, or impact. Such injuries can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue.

Symptoms of a TBI can be mild or severe, depending on the extent of the damage to the brain. A person with a mild TBI may remain conscious or may experience a loss of consciousness for a few seconds or minutes. Other symptoms of mild TBI include headache, confusion, lightheadedness, dizziness, blurred vision or tired eyes, ringing in the ears, bad taste in the mouth, fatigue or lethargy, a change in sleep patterns, behavioral or mood changes, and trouble with memory, concentration, attention, or thinking.

A person with severe TBI may show these same symptoms, but may also have a headache that gets worse or does not go away, repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures, an inability to awaken from sleep, dilation of one or both pupils of the eyes, slurred speech, weakness or numbness in the extremities, loss of coordination, and increased confusion, restlessness, or agitation. Severe brain injury is associated with loss of consciousness for more than thirty minutes and memory loss after the injury or penetrating skull injury longer than twenty-four hours. Survivors may have limited function of arms or legs, abnormal speech or language, loss of thinking ability or emotional problems. The range of injuries and degree of recovery is broad and varies on an individual basis.

The effects of TBI can be profound. Individuals with severe injuries can be left in long-term unresponsive states. For many people with severe TBI, long-term rehabilitation is often necessary to maximize function and independence. Even with mild TBI, the consequences to a person’s life can be dramatic. Change in brain function can have a dramatic impact on family, job, social and community interaction.

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Pedestrian Injuries

Lacking any protection whatsoever, a pedestrian is completely vulnerable to serious injuries when struck by a moving vehicle. Even a relatively slow-moving vehicle can cause fractures and other major injuries to a pedestrian due to the significant momentum of the vehicle’s hard mass. Leg fractures are particularly common due to the position of car bumpers at the moment of impact. The most frequent driver-related factor is generally failure to yield right-of-way to the pedestrian.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “most pedestrian fatalities in 2000 occurred in urban areas (71%), at non-intersection locations (78%), in good weather conditions (91%), and at night (64%).” Additionally, “more than two-thirds (68%) of the 2000 pedestrian fatalities were males.” While all age groups are more likely to be killed at non-intersection locations, the numbers are higher for children primarily because of dart-outs into the street.

Older people tend to be struck by vehicles more often than younger people. Some older pedestrians have physical, visual, and/or hearing impairments that place greater demand on intersection design. Studies have shown that older pedestrians are particularly over-represented in crashes at intersections involving vehicles turning left and right.

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Responsibilities of Your Attorney

Upon assuming responsibility for your case, your attorney should immediately pursue the following:

  • Obtain all existing evidence, information and reports. Investigate, interview witnesses, retain experts and photograph and videotape all persons, vehicles and the accident scene.
  • Ensure that all clients have received all necessary medical diagnoses and treatment and that all of the relevant records and bills are procured and organized.
  • Take charge of all case-related negotiations. Oftentimes in an unresolved dispute, there will be negotiations with a claim adjuster who is a professional negotiator. Your attorney should negotiate on your behalf and protect your interests.
  • Your attorney should explain specifically what damages they intend to seek, but in general, the different kinds of damages that the law allows you to receive are: (1) Property Damage; (2) General Damages; (3) Medical Expenses; (4) Lost Earnings; (5) Punitive Damages; (6) Future Damages and (7) Special Damages
  • Your attorney should handle all communications with the other party, including phone calls. This reduces your exposure to the risks and unpleasantness of dealing with the other party on your own. Similarly, good lawyers often extend each other professional courtesies and may be able to obtain, with a phone call, what would otherwise be a battle for you. A letter from your lawyer helps to establish your claim and puts the other party on notice that you are taking the matter seriously and are represented by a professional.
  • Develop a “discovery” strategy which refers to the process of finding evidence, avoiding surprises, narrowing the issues and obtaining all necessary testimonies.
  • Represent you in court. Having a skilled attorney on your side can make all the difference in the resolution of your case.

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All personal injury cases at Howard Blau Law are handled on a “contingency” basis, which means there is no fee unless we win your case.

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