Electric Shock Drowning – A Silent Killer

Two Alabama women, 34-year-old Shelly Darling and 41-year-old Elizabeth Whipple went missing after sunbathing on Lake Tuscaloosa on April 16. Their bodies were recovered from the lake the following morning. According to preliminary autopsies the cause of death was determined to be electrocution. One year ago the fatal electrocution drowning of 15 year-old Carmen Johnson, also of Alabama, made national headlines. Accidental drowning takes about ten lives per day in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Because of the difficulty of tracking electrical shock drowning (ESD), it has become known as a silent killer. […]

By | 2018-05-25T15:02:01-07:00 May 30th, 2017|Personal Injury|Comments Off on Electric Shock Drowning – A Silent Killer

Diffuse Axonal Injury – Cause, Diagnosis and Treatment

Diffuse axonal injury (DAI) is a common and usually severe form of traumatic brain injury. The brain moving back and forth within the skull at high speed causes it, rather than a blow to the head. When the brain suddenly accelerates or decelerates, damage can occur over a widespread, or “diffuse’ area. Although the amount of damage may vary in severity, DAI is a leading cause of death related to traumatic brain injury. Car and motorcycle accidents, shaken baby syndrome, falls and sports injuries can all cause diffuse axonal injury. The part of the brains nerve cells, known as axons, are sheared from tissue sliding over [...]

By | 2017-05-28T17:29:32-07:00 May 28th, 2017|Brain Injury|Comments Off on Diffuse Axonal Injury – Cause, Diagnosis and Treatment

What is Mesothelioma and Why Are There So Many Late-Night Commercials About It?

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that effects the mesothelium, the tissue that surrounds the organs in the body. This tissue provides fluid which aids the smooth movement of the organs. There are three different forms of the disease, but 75% of all cases originate in the chest cavity as the pleural form. There is a single recognized cause for pleural mesothelioma which is exposure to asbestos in large amounts or over an extended period. Asbestos fibers cause scarring and damage to tissue cells surrounding the lungs, leading to the production of cancer cells. The cells divide rapidly and create tumors which build up fluid and [...]

By | 2018-05-25T15:03:26-07:00 May 26th, 2017|Mesothelioma|Comments Off on What is Mesothelioma and Why Are There So Many Late-Night Commercials About It?

If You Are Injured in a California Rideshare Accident

Rideshare companies, also known as transportation networking services, have become a popular option in metropolitan areas around the country. Several of these companies including Uber and Lyft originated in California and are flourishing in major metropolitan areas across the state. These rideshare companies offer several unique benefits to their customers. They are accessed though a smartphone app where the nearest available driver is dispatched to the passengers location using a GPS. They offer discretion, unlike taxis that often appear like rolling advertisements. They are usually less expensive than a taxicab ride, depending on the level of the ride. […]

By | 2018-05-25T15:04:08-07:00 May 24th, 2017|Car Accidents|Comments Off on If You Are Injured in a California Rideshare Accident

Cause and Prevention of California Tailgating Accidents

Tailgating in California, and everywhere else, is not only distracting and irritating to the driver being followed too closely, it is very dangerous. Tailgating is a contributing cause in more than one third of all motor vehicle accidents, according to research by the Highways Agency. If you are one of the many people injured in California tailgating accidents every year, it is important to seek the aid of a skilled accident attorney who will recover the compensation you deserve. Tailgating is defined by California Vehicle Code section 21703 as following another vehicle “more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of [...]

By | 2018-05-25T15:04:45-07:00 May 22nd, 2017|Car Accidents|Comments Off on Cause and Prevention of California Tailgating Accidents

Why You Need the Right California Motorcycle Accident Attorney

If you are involved in a serious California motorcycle crash, it is imperative that you retain the services of an experienced California motorcycle accident attorney. The injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash are often severe and can lead to medical bills that far exceed the amount offered by the negligent party’s insurer. You may also experience loss of income over a lifetime as well as long-term rehabilitation expenses. Only an attorney with vast knowledge of California motorcycle crash litigation is qualified to recover the true value of your damages and loss. When you are involved in a motorcycle crash, the only protection you have is your [...]

By | 2018-05-25T15:05:37-07:00 May 18th, 2017|Motorcycle Accidents|Comments Off on Why You Need the Right California Motorcycle Accident Attorney

Motor Vehicle Accidents are the Leading Cause of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

The spinal cord is part of the central nervous system, extending downward from the base of the brain. It is made of soft tissue and surrounded by small bones called vertebrae. The spinal cord consists of nerve cells and groups of nerves called tracts, which runs to different parts of the body. Messages are carried by these tracts from the brain to the rest of the body. The tracts are separated into two groups. Sensory tracts carry messages related to heat, cold, pressure, pain and the position of limbs. Motor tracts carry messages from the brain to control muscle movement. Damage to the vertebrae, ligaments or [...]

By | 2017-05-15T18:16:28-07:00 May 15th, 2017|Car Accidents|Comments Off on Motor Vehicle Accidents are the Leading Cause of Traumatic Spinal Cord Injury

The Importance of Cell Phone Records to a Distracted Driving Case

It is an unfortunately common experience to see a driver drift over the lane marker or onto the shoulder of the highway, only to notice his eyes are on a cell phone, a taco or some other form of preoccupation. When you consider that a car at 55mph travels the length of a football field in the time it takes to read an average text message, it is no wonder that distracted driving is a leading cause of death and injury on our nations highways. Each day in the U.S. an average of 1,161 people are injured in crashes involving distracted driving. In the same day, [...]

By | 2019-04-05T20:32:35-07:00 May 13th, 2017|Car Accidents|Comments Off on The Importance of Cell Phone Records to a Distracted Driving Case

The Cause and Effect of Increased Intracranial Pressure

Every year 1.5 million Americans experience a traumatic brain injury (TBI) according to the Brain Injury Association of America. It is estimated that 50,000 of these injuries are fatal. Life altering impairments can result from these injuries, affecting an individual’s professional, social and family life. It is estimated that 5.3 million Americans are living with conditions that are a result of TBI, such as neurological impairment. Increased intracranial pressure (ICP) is the cause of many of these conditions. Intracranial Pressure Defined The amount of pressure applied by the cranium on brain tissue, blood flowing in the brain and the cerebrospinal fluid is known as intracranial pressure. [...]

By | 2018-05-25T15:07:39-07:00 May 11th, 2017|Brain Injury|Comments Off on The Cause and Effect of Increased Intracranial Pressure

How Can Airbags Injure When They Are Supposed to Save Lives?

Anyone who has access to the news is aware of the massive recall of vehicles due to defective Takata airbags. A report issued by the NY Times, in December of last year, indicated that 11 deaths and 184 injuries had occurred in just the US from exploding airbags that propelled shrapnel into the chests of vehicle occupants. Over 92 million vehicles from multiple auto makers were recalled. When considering those figures, it seems like a very small percentage of deaths and injuries compared to the number of installed airbags, but even one death is too many. In addition, there are many other airbag related injuries that [...]

By | 2018-05-25T15:08:09-07:00 May 8th, 2017|Car Accidents|Comments Off on How Can Airbags Injure When They Are Supposed to Save Lives?

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