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Meet Tristen Park: Survivor of Two Accidents

Posted by on Sep 1, 2017 in Vehicle Accidents | 0 comments

While going about our daily lives, we often do not consider the dangers of doing simple things that are part of our daily routine, like crossing the street. It is hard to imagine being in the hospital for two weeks, unconscious while working toward high school graduation and getting ready for college. Even more unbelievable, after surviving the first accident, you graduate, but you get in another severe accident. Meet Tristen Park, survivor and fighter of two accidents.

Tristen Park was crossing the street in Mount Vernon, Illinois when she was struck by a vehicle. According to The Illinois State University, Park was immediately rushed to Cardinal Glennon Hospital (in St. Louis) and was under deep sedation for almost three weeks. During this time, Park was hooked up to a ventilator system while she was sedated and eventually was taken off of the ventilator when she regained the strength to breathe without machine assistance. Her recovery would take much longer, however, because doctors quickly diagnosed Ms. Park with a traumatic brain injury, which resulted in lost memories, severe headaches, and frequent confusion.

During her recovery, her family and friends rallied around her cause, creating a social media page dedicated to supporting her through the long process of recovering after the accident. Her surrounding community also got behind the cause, with her cheerleading team raising money through the sale of bows and t-shirts, and nearby businesses collected donations from customers and gave a percentage of their sales to the cause.

After months of speech therapy, physical therapy, and occupational assistance, Tristen continued to work on school and participated in cheering. Her ultimate goal was to be admitted to law school and focus on personal injury litigation in order to help others like her who have been injured in an accident. After graduation, however, Ms. Park was again injured in another serious car accident. Against all odds, she was injured while riding in a friend’s car in the passenger seat. The resulting injuries from this second accident included another traumatic brain injury, as well as a broken neck.

Tristan Park did not anticipate getting into these accidents, especially at a pivotal time in her life. Park was focusing on cheer and school work, preparing for graduation and college, and instead found her life turned upside-down by two serious accidents. Her experience with these thoroughly preventable accidents piqued her interest in personal injury law and how personal injury attorneys (like this law firm in Louisville I found) can help the victims of serious accidents recover compensation for their injuries, lost wages, and other damages.

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Dangerous Defects: Child Car Seats

Posted by on Jul 27, 2017 in Personal Injury, Vehicle Accidents | 0 comments

When an accident occurs, ordinary car occupants can be protected by seatbelts, airbags, and other safety measures that can be found in the vehicle. But when it comes to small children, that is not always the case. The children may be small enough to warrant additional protections, such as child car seats.

Child car seats are specifically designed to avoid injuries to their young occupants. This prevention does not just scope accidents, because even simple events like sudden stops can cause injuries to small children in the right conditions.

But there are instances where child car seats are defective, so they fail to do their only job, ultimately leading to their young occupants getting hurt. According to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, negligent car seat manufacturers may be held liable for selling defective products. But what are these defects anyway?

Restraints that are too tight

Child car seats have restraints to make sure that the young occupant doesn’t go forward or ejected in the event of a collision, similar to a seat belt. But these restraints can be tricky. If they are too tight, it may actually be the cause of the young occupant’s injury, and when an accident does occur, emergency responders may not be able to extract the young occupant immediately.

Restraints that are too loose

If restraints are too tight, they are defective. If restraints are too loose, they can also be considered defective. This means that child car seat restraints should be just right. Go either way and you can already hurt an innocent child. Using a child car seat that has a loose restraint is as effective as using no restraints at all.

Defective adjusters and buckles

Many times, the restraint problems are caused by defective adjusters, or adjusters that cannot be properly adjusted to make the restraints not too tight or too loose. Also, the restraining capability of child car seats does not just rely on the restraints themselves, but also on their complementing components, like the buckles and latches. Even if a child is restrained in the right tightness, it is useless if the buckles and latches don’t work, because the restraints cannot hold their places.

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What may Look Formidable does not always Guarantee Safety

Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

In any type of business, profession or activity, the one common thing that is almost always the source of danger and injury to unsuspecting victims is negligence. Negligence has resulted to so many mistakes and accidents which, in turn, have caused damage to properties, severe injuries and even untimely death.

Severe injuries and deaths are most common in car accidents, which can be due to failure of a driver to observe traffic safety rules; dangerous road conditions; or, manufacturing mistake resulting to a defective motor vehicle or motor vehicle pars that do not comply with government and industry standards.

Car defects, in particular, can be a major threat to car owners since defects are usually never detected until these have caused an accident. The belief that “the bigger the car, the safer the passenger” is also not always true as proven after the production of the “high and mighty” sport utility vehicles (SUVs). SUVs do look formidable since these are higher and bigger compared to ordinary cars. In the event of an accident, however, there is no guarantee that SUV occupants will be safe.

The very features that make SUVs look high and mighty, though, are also the very same features that put their occupants’ lives in greater danger. This irony actually lies in the SUV’s high design, which also means higher ground clearance and narrower track width: major factors in rollover accidents. Why? Because a higher ground clearance and a narrower track width make vehicles less stable on the road and reduce their steering capacity. Thus, during collision avoidance maneuvers at fast speeds or if these slide sideways or their tires trip over an object, the chances of these rolling over is almost ascertained. Adding to SUVs’ susceptibility to rollover are cargo and the number of passengers, especially if their weight is not equally distributed inside the vehicle.

According to Tucson car accident lawyers, “Advances in technology and increased awareness of the importance of safety on the roads have, in recent years, reduced the threat posed to public health and safety by car accidents. Nevertheless, car accidents remain one of the leading causes of serious injury and wrongful death in the United States each year, and the sad truth is that far too many of these accidents could easily have been prevented.”

Furthermore, these lawyers “believe that victims of car accidents should not have to pay for the consequences that they may face if someone else was to blame for their injuries. Fortunately, through the protections afforded by personal injury law, victims may not have to. In fact, they are often entitled to financial compensation and justice that allows them to better deal with the aftermath of a car accident.”

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Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Divorce | 0 comments

Marriages don’t always work out, resulting into divorces. Generally, divorces are filed because of disagreements between spouses. Divorce can be a sophisticated ordeal, resulting into more disagreements with the parties involved. According to the website of Kirker Davis, LLP, the most common issues associated with divorce involve child custody, division of property, alimony, and domestic violence charges.

Child Custody and Support
Contrary to popular belief, the courts do not have biases toward mothers in child custody. In fact, the gender of the parents don’t even play a role in determining custody. The best interest of the child is the main thing that determines whether he or she goes with the mother or father.

The same can be said for child support. The amount of financial support is for the best interest of the child, in terms of food, shelter, clothing, education, health, and other general factors that may affect the child’s life.

Division of Property
Properties, debts, businesses, and other liabilities are divided to the spouses upon divorce. This is a common thing to fight about because it directly affects the financial standing of both parties, so the husband and wife will fight for the best interest of themselves.
These properties may include houses, cars, lands, and even furniture. The most complicated liabilities include retirement plans and pensions. They may be complicated enough to warrant the assistance of experienced legal professionals.

Alimony
Alimony or spousal support exists to help bridge the disparity between the separating couple, a disparity that has occurred mostly because of the sacrifices in marriage. The best example of this is when the wife is a stay-at-home to look after the kids, while the husband gets to work.

Upon divorce, the wife will have limited financial opportunities because of her absence in the job market, making her more financially vulnerable compared to the husband. In these instances, the husband may be required to pay alimony for a certain period until the wife can reasonably sustain a life.

Domestic Violence Charges
Domestic violence refers to abuse committed to a member of the household, such as the spouse or children. It may come in many forms, such as physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, and even financial. This may be legitimate grounds for divorce and even charges against the abuser.

These may also be used to win over other legal matters concerning divorce, such as child custody, division of marital estate, alimony, and even settlement. This is especially true if the acts of abuse have had a significant impact on the abused, such as injuries resulting into lost time at work.

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Spinal Cord Injury resulting to Partial or Total Paralysis

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Personal Injury | 0 comments

Each year, at least 12,000 individuals acquire a spinal cord injury (SCI), adding to the more than 200,000 already suffering from this condition in the U.S.. A spinal injury is a result either of a traumatic or non-traumatic experience. A non-traumatic spinal cord injury can be caused by an infection, disc collapse, inflammation of the spine, cancer, arthritis, or other types of illness; a traumatic spinal cord injury, on the other hand, is a result of a sudden, forceful blow that crushes, fractures or dislocates a region in the vertebral column.

A spinal cord injury is damage or harm to the spinal cord or spinal/vertebral column. Since damage to the spinal cord will cut the communication between the brain and the different parts of the body, affected areas of the body, which no longer receive signals from the brain can, therefore, become paralyzed.

The brain and the spinal cord form the Central Nervous System which, in turn, is made up of nerve segments that are protected by the spinal column/vertebral column (simply called backbone or spine). To cushion and protect the spinal cord’s delicate nerve tissues, the Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) encircles it, keeping it undamaged despite impact; protection is only possible, however, if the impact is not extremely forceful.

The excessive force that a gunshot, a motor vehicle crash, a slip and fall or a sports-related accident causes can be serious enough to cause disability or even death. Injuries resulting to disability can result either to Paraplegia (partial paralysis) or Quadriplegia (total paralysis).

Paraplegia is characterized by loss of function and control on one side of the body. There are certain cases wherein a person suffering from paraplegia remains to have sensation on the paralyzed part of his/her body, In Quadriplegia, on the other hand, the parts of the body that are paralyzed or where functions and control are totally lost depends on the part of the spinal cord that has been injured. This means that the higher the area of the injury, the greater the extent of paralysis

Partial paralysis, which is almost half of all the cases of spinal injuries, may also be a result of medical malpractice or a mistake committed by a professional healthcare provider. As explained by the Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, it is more possible than not, that if anyone is suffering from a spinal injury, ssuch injury was sustained due to someone else’s negligent or reckless acts. Under the law, victims of personal injury ought to be compensated by the person, firm (or whatever entity) that caused such injury. Pursuing legal action against the negligent party is often necessary in seeking compensation.

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