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Back-to-school driving tips for parents

Summer is coming to an end and school is starting. This means busy schedules, extracurricular activities and lots of driving. It also means unique hazards while you are on the road this time of year.

Follow these tips for a safe back-to-school start for you and your children. Focusing on what you can control will help you avoid getting into a car accident.

3 common symptoms of a traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries are serious ailments that can affect your physical, mental and social abilities. There are many different ways that such injuries may occur. Car accidents, falls, airplane crashes and any other violent incidents are just a few of the potential culprits. If you recently suffered an accident such as one of these, it is important that you understand the symptoms of a TBI.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, TBIs affect approximately 1.7 million people each year. The following are three of the most common indications you may be suffering from TBI. If you are experiencing these or any other symptoms, you should seek medical help immediately and consider investing in legal representation.

What to do when a neighbor's dog bites you in California

One of the best parts of summer is being outside in the warm weather and sunshine. Perhaps you like to go for a run, ride your bike or just stroll down the block. This is usually a pleasant experience that allows you to enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.

However, summer draws not only humans outdoors but also pets. More people are likely to be out walking or playing with their dogs or just letting them loose to get out some energy. This raises the risk of a dog biting you.

5 ways a traumatic brain injury can make working difficult

Getting a traumatic brain injury can significantly impact your life. Serious brain trauma can affect your ability to work. Your memory, cognitive abilities, mobility, emotions and communication may become impaired temporarily or permanently. Due to these potential consequences, you may be unable to return to your job for a certain period of time. 

You might be living paycheck to paycheck and wondering how you are going to make it through this process while missing work. Read below for more information on how a TBI can affect your employment opportunities. 

What to do when an injury impacts your finances

Work is your source of income, and if an injury compromises your ability to work, you might quickly find yourself in a dire situation. Not everybody is lucky enough to have emergency savings, and for people who already live paycheck to paycheck, finances can become even more stressful than the injury itself. There are several things every injured person should know in situations such as these.

While the party responsible for the incident should eventually be held accountable, you need immediate solutions that will help you survive and pay your current bills. These tips can help you get through your current struggles and deal with the injury you have suffered, too.

Side-impact crashes with large trucks do not have to be deadly

Tractor trailers must meet federal regulations set by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Some safety features, such as rear underride guards, are mandatory.

Side underride guards are not yet a part of the required safety equipment on trucks. However, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, they should be.

How to get reimbursed for lost income after your accident

A key part of your insurance claim or personal injury settlement is the losses you have suffered because of your accident. If you are missing work due to your injury, you might be worried. Going without pay for weeks or months at a time can put you in a disastrous financial situation.

Fortunately, you can seek compensation for this lost income. Learn how to document your lost wages after your car accident so you can get back on track.

What is responsible for bad sidewalks in California?

Sidewalks exist for the main purpose of giving pedestrians a safe place to walk, hopefully keeping them out of the way of vehicular traffic in the streets while not forcing them to traverse uneven ground that may lay next to thoroughfares and rights-of-way. While they mostly do a good job at this, anyone who has walked any significant distance around an urban area in California knows that not all sidewalks are well maintained. So, what happens when it is the sidewalk itself that causes injury?

Poorly maintained sidewalks can create any number of hazards to those attempting to use them. Cracked concrete or asphalt can forge crevices that can catch a toe and send a pedestrian sprawling. Crumbling curbs can give way beneath a person's weight and cause a dangerous fall, perhaps even into oncoming traffic. When something like this happens, who will end up paying the resulting medical bills?

'Cause in fact' in California personal injury

Negligence is a term that can be thrown around a lot. In California and elsewhere, people often use the word to mean simple carelessness. While this definition is not wrong, and indeed, legal negligence does have a strong correlation to carelessness. In a courtroom setting there are several aspects of the theory that need to be shown in order to prevail in a lawsuit, whether based on an auto accident or other personal injury situation. We previously touched on the basics of a negligence case, and a few weeks ago we briefly discussed a couple of the elements that need to be shown, namely 'duty' and 'breach.'

Another major aspect to negligence cases, however, is that of causation. Just because an injury occurred, it does not necessarily follow that someone is to blame. Just as a plaintiff needs to show that someone did something wrong in the form of breaching a legal duty, he or she must also be able to prove that the breach also caused the injuries in question.

How car accidents can cause traumatic brain injury

A car crash can lead to a whole range of injuries, from the relatively minor to the fatal. Traumatic brain injury ranks among the more severe likely consequences of an accident.

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, happens when the brain suffers a violent impact, such as one would experience during a crash. According to the CDC, car wrecks are the third leading cause of TBI.

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