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What You Should Know About Concussions

What You Should Know About ConcussionsA concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can alter the way your brain functions. These effects are usually temporary, but may include headaches and issues with concentration, memory, balance, and coordination. Although most concussions are caused by a blow to the head, they can also occur when the head and upper body has been shaken violently. This can cause a loss of consciousness, but most do not. Due to this, it is not uncommon for someone to have a concussion and not know it.
Signs and Symptoms
The signs and symptoms of a concussion are not always very obvious and some do not appear immediately after the injury. The symptoms can last for days, weeks, or even longer. Here are just a few of the signs and symptoms of a concussion to watch out for:

Temporary loss of consciousness
Confusion or the feeling of being in a fog
Amnesia surrounding the event
Nausea or vomiting
Dizziness or “seeing stars”
Slurred speech
Concentration and memory complaints
Irritability and other personality changes
Sleep disturbances

It is important to note that some concussions are minor while others are serious and need immediate... read article

Attorney David L Goldman

The Importance Of Car Maintenance

The Importance Of Car MaintenanceThe cars nowadays don’t require as much attention and maintenance as they did 50 years ago, but don’t let that fool you. Even with modern cars, there are several things you need to keep after. Though car maintenance in general is important, there are 4 main areas that are more crucial than others to keep your car running safely and reliably for years to come.

OilSome have said that oil is the life blood of your car’s engine. Well this isn’t really that accurate, but it is certainly important for keeping your engine’s parts rotating smoothly and working properly. Over time, they exhaust gasses from the cylinders and even tiny pieces of metal can contaminate the oil and reduce its effectiveness. Heat from the engine can also break down the oil by reducing the thickness of the oil. If the oil becomes too thin, it won’t lubricate the engine like it needs to and parts will wear out faster.

The old rule was to change your oil every 3 months or 3,000 miles. However, many modern vehicles can go as far as 5,000 or... read article

Attorney Bernard F Walsh

Neck Injuries You Should Know About

Neck Injuries You Should Know AboutNeck injuries, also known as cervical spine injuries, comes in several different types and can range from mild to severe. It could be as simple as a “crick” in the neck or as severe as a spinal cord injury. The majority of the time, damage from a neck injury is limited to soft tissue and nearly all of them affect the muscles. Here are just a few of the neck injuries you should know about.
“Crick” in the Neck
Often referred to as a “crick” or “kink”, this pain usually occurs when you wake up after sleeping with their neck in an awkward position. However, it can also happen after working at the computer for long hours or sudden movements of the neck. Though this does not count at a medical diagnosis, the real culprit of this neck injury is often a muscle spasm, trigger points, arthritis or a disc problem.
Neck Sprain
Sprains are injuries to the ligaments, the strong bands of connective tissue that holds bone together. This type of neck injury is often caused by falls or sudden twists that overload... read article

Attorney Michael J Babboni

The Problem With Distracted Driving

The Problem With Distracted DrivingIn the United States, more than 9 people are killed each day and more than 1,153 people are injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. In case you are confused, distracted driving refers to driving while doing another activity that is taking your attention away from driving.

There are three main types of distractions:

Visual – taking your eyes off the road
Manual – taking your hands off the wheel
Cognitive – taking your mind off driving

Distracted driving activities can include a variety of things like talking on the phone, texting, eating, listening to music, speaking to the children in the back seat, and so on. Even using in vehicle technologies such as the navigation system or radio can also be a source of distraction. While any of these distractions can endanger the life of the driver and others, texting tends to be particularly dangerous due to being a combination of all three distraction types.
How Big Is This Problem Really?

In 2012, around 3,300 people were killed in crashes that involved a distracted driver, compared to around 3,400 in 2011. Additionally, 420,000 people... read article

Attorney M David Shapiro

What You Should Know About The Flint Water Crisis

What You Should Know About the Flint Water CrisisFlint, Michigan, lies about 70 miles from the shores of the largest group of fresh water in the world known as the Great Lakes. However, the residents of Flint are unable to enjoy any clean water from their taps. In fact, their tap water is poisoning the entire Flint community including their children.

This wasn’t always the case for Flint. Nearly two years ago, the Flint’s water supply was switched from the clean water supply of Lake Huron to the Flint River, a river that is notorious to locals for its filth, in an attempt to save money. Many citizens didn’t believe it at first since all the citizens know of its poor quality, however this switch was made during the financial crisis of the ever-struggling industrial town of Flint.
What Is So Toxic About The Water?
It didn’t take long for residents to notice the funny look, smell, and taste of the water after the switch was made. Due to its brown color, many believe the water was extremely dirty or even sewage ridden. However, this... read article

Attorney David L Goldman

Understanding Whiplash

Understanding WhiplashWhiplash is an injury to the neck caused by a forceful and rapid back and forth movement of the head that is much like the cracking of a whip. This painful yank and tossing of the neck can really hurt the ligaments, muscles and skin of the neck. This neck injury mostly occurs during rear-end car accidents, but may also result from a sports accident or other form of trauma. Luckily, whiplash is rarely serious though it can be quite painful during your recovery.
Symptoms and Signs
The most common signs and symptoms of whiplash to look out for include neck pain, stiffness and headaches. Though most recover from whiplash after a few months, some experience ongoing complications if you do not follow through with proper care and treatment. Other symptoms and signs of whiplash that may occur are:

Tenderness or pain in the shoulder, upper back or arms
Tingling or numbness in the arms
Fatigue or dizziness
Blurred vision
Ringing in the ears
Difficulty concentrating and memory problems

Common Causes
Typically Whiplash occurs when a person’s head is forcefully and quickly thrown backward and forward. This motion can injure the bones in the spine, the disks between... read article

Attorney Bernard F Walsh

What You Should Know About Seatbelts

What You Should Know About SeatbeltsWith stricter seatbelt laws and fines, you would think that people would remember better to use their seat belts. However, many still believe that a seatbelt is more of a hassle than it’s worth or simply believe they can get by with older and worn out seatbelts for the time being. Not wearing your seatbelt could cost you a lot more than just a find however.

According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, seatbelts save around 13,000 lives every year in the United States. Furthermore, they estimate that 7,000 of car accident fatalities in the United States could have been prevented if the victims had been wearing their seatbelt at the time.

Though seatbelts do occasionally contribute to serious injury or death, these incidents are quite rare and the majority of safety experts agree that buckling up dramatically increases your chances of survival. For the front seat car occupant, seatbelts reduce the risk of death by 50 percent.

The general idea of a seatbelt is pretty simple. This strap of fabric is able to keep you from flying through the... read article

Attorney Michael J Babboni

Beware The Counterclaim

Beware The CounterclaimIn criminal courts, the line between the defendant and the prosecutor is pretty clear. The prosecutor, usually the State, accuses the defendant of committing a crime, and the defendant has to defend him or herself against the charges.

However, civil cases are held to determine fault, not guilt, and fault can wind up spreading to everyone involved. Even the State can wind up both the plaintiff and the defendant in a single court case. For instance, two drivers who aren’t paying attention to the road may collide in an intersection, injuring both. One may be dissatisfied with his or her insurance settlement and decide to go to court, but in response the insurer (or the actual defendant) may file a counterclaim which alleges that the first driver is the one who’s primarily to blame.

There are a number of different kinds of counterclaim which may appear, and so you may find it helpful to know which ones mean what:
Compulsory Counterclaim
This type of claim is directly related to the existing court case, so much so that a court would consider the matter settled if you tried... read article

Attorney M David Shapiro

Are Volkswagen Diesels Lemons?

Are Volkswagen Diesels Lemons?According to Florida, they might well be. In late January, Walter Melnyk got a ruling in his favor from the Florida Lemon Law board which stated that yes, in fact, his recently purchased VW diesel was a lemon and the company should take their car back and pay Melnyk $15,000. Volkswagen isn’t happy about this ruling, and it fought hard against it at every step along the way, but it may serve as a precedent for other Floridians looking for compensation.
The Lemon Law
Lemon laws in general are state laws which say that if a dealer sold you a bad car, you can send it back and get a refund. Each state law is different, but in Florida’s case it only applies to new vehicles which fall under one of two conditions:

The vehicle is out of service for 15 (nonconsecutive) days in total.
The vehicle’s defect or issue substantially impairs its use, value, or safety, and it’s been in an authorized shop at least three times in an attempt to fix the problem.

Unfortunately, another requirement is that the vehicle be less than... read article

Attorney David L Goldman

The 3 Goals Of Personal Injury Lawsuits

The 3 Goals of Personal Injury LawsuitsWhen the commonly held belief of civil lawsuits is that they’re a way for anyone to sue anyone else for anything, there can be some misconceptions about how they’re meant to be used. To clear things up, here are three reasons why personal injury lawsuits are conducted:

1. To Compensate The Injured Party

Injuries can be expensive. There’s the medical bills themselves, there’s the money you lose because you aren’t working, there’s any future income you may lose because of lingering effects, and then there are other considerations like pain and suffering. The amount of pain you feel when you’re injured is very real and can prevent you from living a full life, and it doesn’t always go away with the injury itself.

If you file a personal injury lawsuit, you’re saying that someone else has harmed you in some way, whether intentionally or unintentionally and directly or indirectly, and you’re also saying that the other party or parties involved won’t compensate you for the harm they dealt, and that’s why you’re getting the government involved.

While you personally... read article

Attorney M David Shapiro

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