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June 2015 Blog Review

We added a variety of content during the month of June, ranging from news updates to personal injury tips and advice.

If you were unable to stay current for any reason, you still have time to review what you missed.

Below are five of our most popular posts from June 2015:

  1. Takata Air Bag Recall Continues to Cause Trouble
  2. Dog Bite Injuries: What’s Covered?
  3. The Many Causes of a Forklift Accident
  4. Ways to Bike Safe this Summer (Part 2)
  5. Treatments for Traumatic Brain Injury

As summer wears on, we will continue to update the blog on a regular basis. Be sure to check back often. And as always, don’t shy away from leaving comments!


Treatments for Traumatic Brain Injury

If a person suffers a traumatic brain injury, such as in a motor vehicle accident, it is essential to receive the appropriate treatment. This often includes treatment immediately following the accident, and more of the same well into the future.

Most importantly, the injured party needs to be stabilized as soon as possible. You can read more about the importance of initial treatment here.

Once the person is stabilized to the point that the injury is not worsening, his or her medical team can devise a plan for moving forward. The next steps depend largely on the type and extent of the injury. Some people don’t require any additional treatment, outside of plenty of rest. Others, however, may require a more intense treatment strategy, including surgery.

Every year, more than one million people suffer a traumatic brain injury. Many of these can be directly attributed to negligence, such as somebody who is driving under the influence of alcohol and causes an accident.

If you or a loved one has been treated for a brain injury following an accident, contact us to learn more about your legal rights.


Who Enforces the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Disability discrimination remains an issue in the United States. This is despite the many laws in place to prevent such activity.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is meant to prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, as well as other activities.

Just because employers are aware of the ADA does not mean they will follow the law. This is why many agencies often times have to step in to provide assistance to employees.

The agencies that enforce the ADA include:

  • The Department of Labor
  • The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
  • The Department of Transportation
  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
  • The Department of Justice

Have you or a loved one been a victim of disability discrimination? If so, you need to understand your rights. We have many years experience helping people who have been a victim of workplace discrimination. When you contact us, we can help you better understand your situation and which steps to take next.


Ways to Bike Safe this Summer (Part 2)

Early last month, we discussed some of the finer details associated with safe biking during the summer months. Due to the feedback received, we want to bring you additional tips for staying safe on your bike in the months to come.

Here are some things to remember:

  1. Be sure your bike is a good fit. You should never ride a bike that is too small or too big for you. This can make it difficult to control, thus increasing the chance of an accident.
  2. Ride on paths and trails when possible. While there may be times when you ride on the road and/or sidewalks, you are better off on paths, trails, and other areas in which there are no motor vehicles.
  3. Get off your bike if you find yourself in a dangerous position. If you feel that your chance of an accident has increased, regardless of the reason, don’t be afraid to slowly pull over as to get off your bike. This allows you to remove yourself from harm’s way.

Thousands of people will be involved in bike accidents this summer. Use these tips to lessen the likelihood of becoming the next victim.


The Many Causes of a Forklift Accident

According to the National Forklift Exchange, there are approximately 1.5 million forklift truck operators in the United States. Unfortunately, there are times when drivers are involved in an accident. While not always the case, this can cause serious injury or even death.

Forklift drivers, as well as those working in close proximity, must understand the dangers associated with this type of equipment. Some of the most common causes of forklift accidents include:

  • Inexperienced driver
  • Horseplay
  • Tipping
  • Speeding or reckless driving
  • Operating with an elevated load
  • Improper turning
  • Insufficient markings
  • Transporting other people on the forklift

This type of construction site accident can be avoided in most cases. Even so, many people are injured in forklift accidents every year. If this has happened to you, contact us for a consultation. We can help you understand your legal rights.


Mesothelioma: From Diagnosis to Treatment to Lawsuit

Every year in the United States, there are approximately 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma. While this is a rare form of cancer, it is also one that is extremely dangerous.

If there is any reason to believe you have mesothelioma, it is best to consult with your medical team without delay. They can schedule the appropriate tests to diagnose this disease or rule it out.

At this time, there is no cure for mesothelioma, however, there are steps you can take to reduce the pain and discomfort, while also prolonging your life.

Once you are on schedule with the best treatment plan, it is time to consult with a mesothelioma attorney. You may find that you have legal options that allow you to recover compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, and other expenses.

There is a lot that goes into a mesothelioma lawsuit, such as naming the right defendants, so you need an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side. With the right legal team, you are in position to maximize compensation associated with the diagnoses of this disease.


Dog Bite Injuries: What’s Covered?

Dogs are among the friendliest pets in the world. Unfortunately, even the most well behaved dog can cause injury to an innocent person.

If you are the victim of an injury caused by a dog, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. This will ensure that you are in the hands of a qualified medical team. From there, it is time to learn more about your legal rights.

Generally speaking, your home insurance policy will cover damages associated with the attack. This can include:

  • Lost wages
  • Medical bills
  • Scarring
  • Rabies immunization
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • Pain and suffering

You may also be able to collect from the owner’s insurance company. The good thing is this: there is money to be recovered. Conversely, it is not as simple as it sounds to receive compensation for your injuries.

If you are injured by a dog, seek immediate medical attention. From there, contact us to learn more about your legal rights.


Takata Air Bag Recall Continues to Cause Trouble

The Takata air bag recall continues to grow, causing trouble for automakers and consumers from one side of the world to the next.

It was recently reported that a minimum of 400,000 vehicles already repaired under an initial recall will require another recall. This was due to the use of a potentially defective propellant wafer in some replacement driver-side inflators.

Last week, Honda Motor Co announced an expansion of a previous recall that will cover approximately five million vehicles. Along with this, Mazda recently announced another round of recalls.

A defective Takata air bag can inflate with too much force, thus spewing shrapnel throughout the vehicle’s cabin. This has led to a massive recall that continues to drag on.

If a person is injured by this type of defective car part, they should consider the legal options available for receiving the appropriate compensation.


May 2015 Blog Review

Like many, you may have been extremely busy during the month of May. If so, there is a chance you missed a few of the blog posts we published. But don’t worry, we are here to help you get back on track.

Below are five of our most popular posts from last month:

  1. Summer Bike Safety Tips
  2. Do you Know How to Spot a Drunk Driver?
  3. Protect yourself with Motorcycle Safety Gear
  4. OSHA Tracks Workplace Injury, Illness Statistics
  5. What Not to do When Making an Auto Insurance Claim

June is here, but our content from May has not gone anywhere. Be sure to check out what you missed in the past, while also staying current with future blog posts. We have a lot on deck this month!


What Not to do When Making an Auto Insurance Claim

If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, it won’t be long before you are making a claim with your insurance company.

While this sounds simple enough, there are many challenges to contend with. Here are some things you should avoid during this process:

  • Don’t make a written or recorded statement until you fully understand the situation, your policy, and your coverage.
  • Don’t feel obligated to accept the initial estimate provided by the insurance company.
  • Don’t sign anything until you are sure of what you are doing and have had an attorney provide you with guidance.
  • Never accept a “final payment” unless you are okay with the idea.
  • Don’t let your insurance company off the hook. You have coverage and they need to live up to the legal obligation of the policy.

If you need a car accident lawyer to represent you, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can help you when communicating with insurance companies, while also advising the best ways to receive the compensation you deserve.

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