Law Suits & Families: Preparing for the Consequences of Long Suits

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A long medical malpractice, auto accident or strict products liability case can be draining for a plaintiff. If you anticipate filing a lawsuit that could take months or years to resolve, it is important for you to consider the impact of the lawsuit on your livelihood and family life.

Your family members will undoubtedly be affected if you are missing time away from them due to attorney meetings, in-court appearances or other case needs. Here are some ways that you can prepare your family members for the consequences of a long lawsuit and make the experience into an educational, positive one rather than a negative one.

1. Be upfront and honest in explaining the situation to children.

First off, it is important for you to be upfront and honest with your children. If you hide the fact that you are involved in a lawsuit from your children, then they may sense the stress and be impacted by it in their school and personal lives. Discuss the fact that you will need to be away for the next few months to work with lawyers to solve a problem. This is a positive manner of addressing the problem and also preparing your children for what is to come.

2. Hire a baby-sitter for case commitments away from home.

Given you hire or ask for help from someone your kids know and love, children typically love hanging out with a baby-sitter when parents are away. You can make your time away from home something that the kids look forward to and enjoy. Make sure that the baby-sitter has fun activities planned or movies to watch with the children so that they can enjoy it.

3. Encourage the interest that your children show in the legal process, and teach them about the functions of the legal justice system.

If your kids are older and have questions about the lawsuit, use this as a time to encourage their interest in legal matters. Your kids may even feel inspired to pursue a degree in criminal justice or even become a lawyer after learning about the legal system.

4. Plan a “reward night” after difficult or stressful weeks for the family to come together and enjoy.

When times get tough, planning a “reward night” is one way to give the family an experience to uplift them. You can even make a big deal out of it by placing it on the family calendar and allowing each person to have a “vote” in what happens on family night. Perhaps you go to see a movie together as a family, go skating, go to a nice restaurant or do some other fun activity for bonding time.

Researching and finding a reliable law firm can help you mentally prepare for the challenges associated with a lengthy lawsuit. Feel free to contact our attorneys at any time to receive an initial consultation for your case.

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Spinal Cord Injuries in Car Accidents

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According to statistics released by the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, vehicle accidents account for 38% of all spinal cord injuries. A Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) damages the spinal cord and interferes with its functionality, either on a permanent or temporarily basis. Such injuries result in loss of muscle function and sensation as well as autonomic function in the body parts served by the spinal cord.   In a car accident, SCI is caused by sudden impact to the spinal cord, causing it to fracture, dislocate or crush. Injuries to the spinal cord are categorized into two; complete and incomplete injuries.

Complete Spinal Cord Injury

Complete spinal cord injuries lead to complete paraplegia or complete tetraplegia. Complete paraplegia is characterized by loss of nerve and motor function below the injury level, resulting in the loss of movement of the legs, bowel, and the bladder as well as the damaging of the sexual organs. The victim also loses sensation although he or she retains the normal functionality of the hand and arms. Some individuals with complete paraplegia have partial trunk movement and can take short distance walks using the assistive equipment. In most cases, however, people with complete paraplegia use wheelchairs to move around.  Complete tetraplegia, on the other hand, is typified by loss of arm and hand movements. Some victims require assisted breathing. Both complete tetraplegia and complete paraplegia can lead to permanent disability.

Incomplete Spinal Cord Injury

Incomplete spinal cord injuries are more prevalent in comparison to complete injuries. They are characterized by a partial loss of sensation and movement below the injured area. The severity of an incomplete spinal injury is often determined a few weeks after the accident, usually 6 to 8 weeks.  Incomplete spinal cord injury is further subdivided into five categories;

• Anterior Cord Syndrome – This causes damage to the front of the spinal cord leading to painful sensations below the area of injury and inability to control the body temperature.
• Central Cord System – This damages the center of the spinal cord and leads to partial loss of function in the leg or arms. Early treatment can help reverse the central cord syndrome.
• Posterior Cord System – This causes damages to the back of the spinal cord leading to impaired temperature, pain, loss of muscle power and cognitive abilities.
• Brown-Sequard Syndrome – This causes damage to one side of the spinal cord, resulting in the loss of movement but the victim retains sensation on one side of the body.
• Cauda Equina Lesion – This injures the nerves situated between the first and second lumbar area of the spine may lead to partial or total loss of sensation.

Spinal cord injuries are potentially life threatening and can cause traumatic experiences. Also, a person diagnosed with SCI may need medical assistance and personal care for the rest of their life.

Contact a Car Accident Lawyer if You’re a Victim of SCI

Victims of spinal cord injuries need adequate financial compensation to cater for their medical bills. If you’ve suffered a spinal cord injury due to a driver’s recklessness, a manufacturer’s defect or other third parties, you need to get in touch with an attorney in Lansing, Michigan so that you can get compensation that is proportionate to the extent of your injury. An experienced car accident attorney is your best bet to make sure that you get all the damages entitled to you for the spinal cord injuries caused by other people’s negligence.

Get in touch with a car accident lawyer and commence the pursuit for your compensation.

Are Smaller Cars More Likely to Cause Injuries?

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There are many benefits of using smaller cars. They’re comfortable to drive, easy to maneuver, cost-effective, and eco-friendly. However, many experts believe that these cars are not as safe as SUVs or trucks. In case of a collision between a large car and a small car, the driver of large car may suffer only some minor injuries, while the driver of small car is likely to suffer serious multiple injuries such as fractures, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.  Responding to these safety concerns regarding small cars, many manufactures of these cars have incorporated features to improve safety. It’s also important to note that even large vehicles are not completely safe. In fact, rollover accidents are most common among large vehicles like trucks and SUVs.

What Kind of Tests Are Being Performed For Small Car Safety?

Safety issues in small cars have remained a cause of concern. A new test (overlap frontal crash test) by Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), has sparked a new debate whether these small cars are safe enough. According to some results of this test, ten mini cars were categorized as “marginal” or “poor” while one mini car managed to receive a higher rating of being a “acceptable” car.  In this test, each car was required to hit a fixed object while traveling at a steady speed of 40 miles an hour. Only Chevrolet Spark was able to clear this test. Of the small cars that took part in this test, 10 out of 18 receiving the ranking of “acceptable” or “good”.

Small Car Ratings Run Gamut in Small Overlap Crash Tests – IIHS News

 


So, IIHS concluded that small cars that did not perform well in this overlap frontal test are likely to cause passengers to cause grievous foot or leg injures from a car crash. The IIHS also claimed that its small overlap frontal test is likely to deliver more accurate results because unlike several other tests, this test is more detail oriented. In this test, most small cars received rankings in terms of their structural integrity that defines how their components can withstand a highly forceful crash at the time of accident. All small cars with poor structural integrity will immediately collapse during an accident. So in other words, lower the structural integrity of the car, the less safe it is for its occupants. If the structure of car collapses, it can easily dislocate its airbags and seats.   Auto accident injuries run the gamut, but the following are some of the most common injuries sustained by people in auto accidents:

• Whiplash and Neck Injuries
• Bruises, Lacerations, and Fractures
• Concussions and Other Head Injuries
• Back Injuries
• Psychological Injuries

It would be wise for you to check the IIHS ratings of your mini car in order to find how safe it is for you and your family members. However, safety also depends on how well you can drive your car. Responsible and careful driving will surely help in reducing accident risks to a large extent.  If you or your loved one get injured because someone else was driving carelessly, you can easily make claim for compensation.