The Challenges of a Head Injury

Head injuries are increasingly part of the news. From the American football concussion scandal to concerns about youth sports today, the realistic possibilities surrounding head injuries hit closer to home every day. No matter how the injury occurs, it can have long term effects to the health of one’s brain, and thus, on one’s entire life.

 

The brain functions as the central organ of the nervous system, sending and receiving signals to the rest of our body. Its centrality affects muscle and organ alike, and gives us consciousness in the first place. Its importance cannot be underestimated. Brain injuries can affect people in physical psychological, and emotional ways:

 

  • Walking, standing, eye-hand coordination may be compromised.
  • Long or short-term memory could be injured.
  • One’s capacity for and use of language can suffer impairment.
  • Personality traits and lifestyle habits may change.
  • The ability to problem-solve might deteriorate.
  • Depression and anxiety, understandably, may deepen.

 

Long-term effects from brain injuries depend upon the severity of the injury. A concussion, while considered a temporary brain injury, can still have a lasting outcome in the sense that it can stretch or tear the brain’s nerve fibers and cause PCS (Post Concussion Syndrome). Concussions can also lead to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a degenerative brain disease that has killed professional athletes in the past.

 

 

We can help you get compensation for head injuries to ensure rehabilitation is possible throughout life. Let us help you deal with the potentially devastating effects of an injury like this one.

 

Can I Get Compensation for a Football Injury?

Part of the charm of any football game is its fast-paced, quick-footed, tough nature. Such a game involves expected injuries– aches, bruises, scrapes– those that happen when you throw your body’s all into the controlled fray. However, compensation can be pursued if an injury occurs due to recklessness or negligence.

 

Defining negligence in this context is a bit difficult, but you may want to think of it as a kind of contract between players. Each player has a duty to consider others on the field. What is actually expected of his or her playing position? If events occur outside of those expectations, it could be classified as negligence.

 

What comes into play when considering negligence?

 

  • Motive. Sometimes, clear intentionality can be discerned from a player’s actions. Malice differs from an error in judgment. Judgment errors will occur, as everyone’s vying for the ball to move it toward the respective goal. Malice, however, is a player’s intent to do harm.
  • Late tackles. All three kinds of tackles in football (block, side block, and sliding) involve specific positions. Timing is key in these tackles if one is to, ideally, both stop the other player from advancing and to gain possession of the ball. “Late” tackles are ineffective for the play at hand and move into the territory of intending to injure.
  • Football club. A player’s club may be held liable if a player in that club causes serious injury during the duration of the game, as they oversee his/her participation within the sport.

 

Part of football’s beauty involves watching players work within the boundaries of the game. A good player knows how to give as much as possible within those parameters without having to step outside of them.

 

If you’ve been injured in a recent match, it’s possible it is due to the negligence of another player or the club itself. Contact us today if you have any questions or concerns about your recent injury.

How to Help an Accident Victim Trapped in a Car

It’s easily your worst nightmare come to life. Whether you’re driving or you’re simply the passenger in a vehicle, seeing a horrible accident occur can be scary. Being involved in one is nothing short of terrifying. In an accident, the impact can be harsh enough to push the metals and plastics that make up a vehicle today out of place, and by the time the chaos ends, the victims are often trapped. When you’re part of a situation like this, what do you do? Are there steps you can take to help before emergency personnel arrive? Absolutely. Take a look.

  • Alert Other Drivers Instead of working to pry the victim out, possibly creating further injury to the individual, put your energy and efforts toward alerting others. Reduce the risk to the victim by diverting traffic away from the scene. Place flares, emergency triangles, or other signals near the scene of the accident to alert oncoming traffic so all of the drivers are aware of the hazard. If you can prevent the person from suffering a second impact, you are doing a great deal to help
  • Call for Help After the scene has been secured, call for help. Provide clear, calm directions to the accident, and be the voice for the victim. You can ensure that help gets there as soon as possible and that the team is prepared for the circumstances awaiting them.
  • Communicate with the Victim Once you have called for help, and the scene is as safe as possible, do your best to keep the victim conscious. Try to create a steady stream of conversation because it will be easier for the rescue team if they can speak to the victim about symptoms and sources of pain before trying to extract the individual from the vehicle.

Keep in mind that accident scenes are dangerous places. There is always the potential of a fuel leak or other hazards you don’t notice, so take the time to secure your own safety as well as that of the accident victim.

Accidents may be fairly common, but that certainly doesn’t mean you have to deal with the devastating financial consequences if you or a loved one is injured. To learn more about how we can help, contact us today.

 

Don’t Make These Mistakes after Your Auto Accident

If you are involved in an auto accident as a result of someone else’s negligence, you can collect compensation for your losses by filing a suit against the negligent party. However, there are mistakes that are commonly made by accident victims which can devastate the entire case and may leave you empty handed after the case has concluded. Understanding them may help you avoid the problem.

  • Lying Always report the correct details of the case, no matter who may be asking the questions. You could be speaking to law enforcement, an insurance company, or even an officer of the court. Wondering why it’s so crucial to tell the truth in your case? Once you have been caught speaking a mistruth, you will be deemed untrustworthy and that could be very harmful to your personal injury case.
  • Failure to Include Photos Today we have easy access to mobile devices, and almost all of them are equipped with cameras. If you’re like most people, yours is probably always at the ready, so use it well. If you’re involved in an accident, begin taking pictures immediately. In the event you are seriously injured or you find yourself without access to a camera, ask others who are present at the scene to take pictures. Make certain you provide your email address or physical address so you can have those photos sent to you at a later date.
  • Discussing Your Accident Do not discuss your accident until you’ve spoken to your solicitor. Don’t discuss it in a conversation and don’t bring it up on social media feed. Comments, photos, and posts automatically become part of the public record, so avoid it at all costs.
  • Hesitating to Find Representation One of the biggest mistakes accident victims make is waiting to contact a solicitor. It is important to be represented by a legal professional, and any comments made or papers signed before hiring a solicitor could endanger your case.
  • Failure to Seek Medical Care Even if you don’t feel as though you are hurt, do not avoid medical care. An adrenaline rush often occurs after an accident, and it can mask pain and other symptoms that could present themselves even days later. Make a trip to your GP or to the emergency department of your local hospital just to ensure you’re not seriously injured.

Protect yourself and make wise decisions after an accident. It could make all the difference when it comes to recovering for your losses. To learn more about the steps you should follow after an accident or to discuss a recent accident, contact us today. The best way to protect your claim, we’ll begin working on your case immediately.

Before You File, Ask These Cost-Related Questions

It is important to walk into any personal injury case with a clear understanding of what will be expected of you. All of this should be discussed with your solicitor before the formal papers are filed. In addition to the many other questions that you will undoubtedly have, you should also ask about the costs involved in your case. You do not want to face a case of sticker shock, so be sure that the matter of expenses is ironed out before the suit is filed.

Expected Cost The biggest point of concern for most solicitors’ clients is that of cost. Of course, after facing a tragic accident or some otherwise devastating circumstance, a person doesn’t want to face sky high legal bills. You are not alone in these sentiments, and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask. If you are dealing with an experienced solicitor, he or she will be able to tell you what similar cases have cost. He or she should also be able to provide a detailed description of how costs are calculated.

No Win No Fee? Many solicitors are willing to work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. That is to say that, if you lose your case, you wouldn’t be responsible for any of your solicitor’s costs. However, it should be excessively clear that this agreement is in place before the case is filed. There should be information in writing, and your solicitor should discuss any exceptions to this rule, up front.

Defendant’s Costs Ask about the defendant’s costs. Could you be held responsible if you lose your case? Do you need insurance to protect you against that fate? How likely is it that you will lose the case and face such a situation?

It may be possible, depending on the facts of your case, to seek assistance with your legal expenses. If you have concerns about the cost, speak to your solicitor about those options.

What Will You Have to Provide For Your Solicitor?

Suffering a great injury or significant loss as a result of someone else’s negligence is devastating. It is the job of a great solicitor to represent you well within the legal system, so that you can recover compensation for your pain and suffering. In order to do that job properly, however, the solicitor will need some information from you.

Accident Facts Obviously, the most important information will be that related to the case. The first step in procuring compensation is to prove that there was an accident and that it was the fault of the defendant. The only way to convince the courts of this fact, is to compile as much evidence as possible to support that claim. This starts with your efforts. If you have pictures of the scene of the accident, pictures of your injuries, or your damaged property, or any other similar documentation, be sure that you bring it along. It is also important to call attention to any witnesses that were there at the time of the incident.

Medical Information Compensation is generally given to cover expenses. If your injuries resulted in you missing time at work, being demoted, laid off, or otherwise held back professionally, proof of this should be secured. Furthermore, be sure that you bring copies of your medical records, which include your diagnosis and a list of treatments received since the time of the accident.

Unions and Insurances The solicitor will also ask questions about trade unions and insurances. Certain affiliations or policies can help you cover your legal expenses, so you should be willing and able to provide information about any insurance policies that you have, as well as documentation of any trade union affiliations.

In exchange for all of this information, a solicitor will help you build a respectable case and represent you in court should you not be able to reach an acceptable settlement before that time.

The Scary Side of Motorcycling

Are the roads becoming safer for motorcyclists in the UK? A quick look at reports dating between 2005 and 2012 suggests it’s just possible. According to the leading reports, there has been a consistent reduction in the number of fatal accidents throughout that span of time. Though there were nearly 350 fatalities in 2012, it was still minimal compared to the average of 800 deaths between 2005 and 2009, annually.

Some argue that these figures are skewed and don’t take into consideration the change in the number of riders on the road. Even if that is true, one cannot deny that efforts are continually made to make the activity safer. Motor bikes are being built better, helmets are more resilient, and even the clothing is being made from progressively better materials.

Unfortunately, fatal accidents, and even those that involve serious injuries, are devastating to the friends and families involved. Furthermore, those who are left to absorb the costs of repairs and funerals are burdened in more ways than one. It is truly a tragic ordeal, regardless of the age, sex, or experience level of the rider. It is never easy to watch a person go down prematurely.

While the statistics are heading in the right direction, there is still big reason for concern because motorcycle accidents make up nearly twenty percent of all fatal accidents in the UK. Yet, only one percent of the vehicles on the road are motor bikes. Everyone realizes that the risk is greater when so exposed to the elements, and when left unshielded by the metal and glass of passenger cars. Yet, there are still a lot of accidents that could have been prevented with greater care on the part of the bikers and the other drivers on the road.

Too often these deadly accidents result from risky maneuvers on the part of the motorcyclists or because other drivers fail to see the motor bikes riding near their vehicles. If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a motorcycle, contact us immediately.

Where do the Most Fatal Car Accidents Occur?

Motor vehicle accident fatality numbers seem ever higher, but where does the UK fit into the picture on a worldwide scale? Many people believe that the Western World leads the way with motor vehicle accidents. Perhaps this can be blamed on this culture’s obsession with beautifully made vehicles. However, one must also consider how progressive our car manufacturers are when it comes to safety elements.

A recent report suggests those safety features actually push us pretty far down the list in the number of accident fatalities throughout the country. The report suggests that the countries that top the list of most fatalities include the Dominican Republic, Thailand, Nigeria, and Chad. In fact, topping the list is the country by the name of Eritrea, where, on average, more than 48 out of every one hundred thousand people will suffer a fatal death on the roadways each year. This compares to 3.5 out of 100,000 citizens of the United Kingdom who will suffer the same fate in the same amount of time.
It’s nice to see just how many countries within the ‘Western World’ fall at the very bottom of this list. Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, and Norway all have fewer accidents per 100,000 inhabitants per year than the United Kingdom. Even in the United States, where the number of miles driven by the average person is substantially greater than in most countries, there are still only 11 1/2 deaths per 100,000 citizens annually.

While these figures speak very well for British people, the truth is that there are still far too many accidents each year, and people are injured each and every day as a result of crashes. Though they may live to tell the tale, the costs associated with repairs and time away from work can be substantial. When someone else is negligent for your injuries, you do have the right to seek compensation.

To learn more about the report and the statistics in it, take a look the statistics from the World Health Organization now.

Is Your Company Facing Hidden Dangers In the Workplace?

One job of a business is to protect itself against almost any cost. This can mean that instead of being open or willing to listen to a potential problem or safety risk, a company will instead spin careful rhetoric to cover responsibility. It’s the equivalent of having a conversation with someone whose only goal is to “win” and who already has their point so solidified that s/he cannot actually consider what’s being said. It’s not uncommon. Airline companies now are facing some of those hidden dangers.

Some who work in the industry claim they’re suffering from toxic fumes due to the working conditions on planes. Industry analysts are debating whether that’s actually possible for those in the skies to deal with potential fumes on a regular basis.

A Greater Problem

Too often, instead of considering a complaint as it first occurs, a company’s response is defensive, reluctant to make connections between an employee’s health and any component of their business. This is extremely problematic: if we had a collaborative model instead, when an employee brought forth a concern, the company would look into it and see if correction was needed. The corporate model makes that kind of communication difficult. As a result, it is best for employees to find a mediary that businesses understand (money), and file a claim when there’s an injury in the workplace, in order to help you as an individual and make needed changes in that environment.

Making a claim becomes especially crucial if the injury isn’t something obvious or visible. In the case of toxic jet fumes, many who have made a career in the airline industry reported symptoms of dizziness, nausea, and seasickness, but our society has a way of dismissing injury when it’s not as visible as a broken arm. We somehow believe that invisible symptoms can have a more subjective source, even though in this case, several people reported the same symptoms and there have been known to be toxic fumes in airplanes since the 1950’s. Nobody wants dizzy pilots navigating lives through the sky, and just as we must hold airlines responsible for keeping their employees safe, the same is true in any other workplace.

Bicycling Accidents: Should You Contact A Solicitor?

Cycling is nothing short of amazing. Depending on your purpose and destination, bicycling allows you to interact with the world around you as no other mode of transportation might. Unfortunately, there’s also some real danger involved. You’re moving slower in a more open space than the vehicles around you, and that leads to bicycling accidents again and again.

A Look At the Numbers

As reducing carbon footprints becomes more popular, so does the hobby of cycling. The number of cycling injuries points to this rise in the number of cyclists on the road. In 2012 and 2013, 38,528 cyclists were injured on Britain’s road system. The number of those injuries that resulted in death has actually increased by over 10% from the past four years. The numbers are terrifying, and the reality is that if you cycle on a regular basis, you could find yourself in an accident in the near future.

Why Are Accidents So Common?

On a bicycle, it can be tricky to anticipate a vehicle’s moves when the person in control is behind glass, and, sometimes the person in a vehicle isn’t paying attention. Cyclists aren’t immune to this problem. They often don’t pay close attention to the vehicles around them either, and that can also lead to accidents.

Contacting a Solicitor

If you are injured while bicycling, you can make yourself less vulnerable by calling a solicitor to file a claim. Your claim may be able to help with medical bills, rehabilitation, and further cultural awareness. This process is not only helpful and necessary for you, but also for others– the more we make holding drivers responsible for paying attention to the road part of an ongoing conversation, the more conscientious drivers will become, and sometimes legality speaks the loudest.