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Wilmington Personal Injury Law Blog

Head-on collision leaves six injured in Delaware

Regardless of how defensively you drive, a negligent driver can take you by surprise in the blink of an eye, leaving you no time to react. Tragically, many car accidents caused by negligent drivers result in innocent individuals either suffering serious injuries or losing their lives. Although it may seem like these serious accidents don't occur all that frequently, the truth of the matter is that they are occurring in your neighborhood, on your commute to work, and on the same streets you drive to pick up your children.

Just look at the recent crash in Bear. There, seven individuals were injured after a head-on collision occurred between a car and a bus carrying senior citizens. The driver of the car was trapped in his vehicle, and it took firefighters almost 25 minutes to free him. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries to his head. The last report issued has him listed in critical condition.

Brain injury victims can turn to an experienced legal team

Whether you've been the victim of a devastating car accident or preventable medical malpractice, the injuries you have suffered can leave you in a dire predicament. You may struggle to cope with the physical pain and suffering you are experiencing, but you are probably also facing unexpected financial losses in the form of medical expenses and lost wages. Regardless of the severity of your injuries, these damages can be stressful and burdensome, and they may leave you feeling afraid of what the future holds. This feeling is multiplied exponentially for those who suffer brain injuries caused by the negligence of another.

If you or a love one is in this situation, then rehabilitation and long-term care costs can also come into play. Together with other damages and the fact that a victim may never be able to fully recover from their brain injury, these losses can leave a victim and their family not knowing where to turn for help.

Determining losses in a wrongful death case

Suddenly losing a loved one can flip a family's life upside-down. They may lose the emotional love and support they need, and their finances may be thrown into disarray. Although it may be difficult to think about in the aftermath of a loved one's passing, surviving family members may want to consider their legal rights, particularly if the death was caused by the negligence of another. After all, a successful wrongful death lawsuit may provide the sense of closure and financial stability that a family needs during such a difficult time.

It may be difficult to think of a lost loved one's life in terms of compensation, but surviving family members must do so when pursuing damages through a wrongful death lawsuit. To determine the value of a wrongful death claim, an individual can look at many factors, all of which will be considered by the judge and jury. Amongst those factors is the loss of economic support provided by the deceased individual.

How is breast cancer diagnosed?

Sometimes it seems like medical technologies and practices are advancing at a rapid pace. New medications can increase disease sufferers' longevity and reduce symptoms, and some operations can leave a patient totally healed of their affliction. However, as is often the case, even the best medical treatments depend a lot on an accurate and timely diagnosis. A failure to diagnose, or a misdiagnosis, can lead to a worsened medical condition, forcing a patient to incur additional pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages. In the worst cases, victims of these incidences die. Perhaps, with no other illness is this more the case than with cancer.

Some cancers, though, like breast cancer, should be easily detectable. For breast cancer, medical professionals have a number of diagnostic options available to them. A physical exam may lead to the discovery of lumps and other abnormalities, and a mammogram, which is essentially an x-ray of the chest, can provide a generalized picture of any abnormalities.

Area of brain injured can dictate damage exhibited

It may seem unbelievable, but it actually doesn't take much for an individual to be left with a traumatic brain injury. One driver's moment of inattentiveness can lead to a victim's life-long struggle to recover, or a tired doctor's inability to think clearly during one operation can affect a victim and their family for years, even decades to come. The fact that 2.5 million individuals suffer traumatic brain injuries each year highlights just how easy succumbing to one of these injuries can be for people who were at one moment just living their normal lives, and the next found themselves forever changed.

And, suffering a TBI really does change who an individual is and how they act. An injured brain can affect the way an individual feels emotionally, how they move their body, and even how they think. For some, these changes are temporary while the brain recovers. But, for others, the damage is permanent.

Hit-and-run accident kills Delaware man

Car accidents happen all the time. In most instances, these wrecks are relatively minor, resulting in some property damage and some bumps and bruises. Other times, though, a car crash can leave victims with serious injuries, including brain injuries. Some of these victims are left permanently disabled. Others are killed as a result. This is especially true in pedestrian accidents. These individuals lack the safety features afforded those in vehicles, and they are often taken by surprise.

This happened recently in Wilmington when a 52-year-old man was struck while he was crossing the road. The incident, which occurred shortly after midnight, left the victim with serious injuries. Although he was transported to the hospital, he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and is currently being sought by police. However, at this time, the only description they have is that the vehicle was a sedan of light color.

Take legal action to impose liability on negligent truckers

Last week on the blog, we discussed the regulations imposed by the federal government on trucking hours. Adherence to these rules is critical to help prevent truck accidents, as overtired truckers may fail to drive under the speed limit, maintain their lane, and yield to oncoming traffic when appropriate. Truckers who nod off behind the wheel can also fail to brake for slowed or stopped traffic, and they may blow through red lights, stop signs, and crosswalks. Tragically, these instances occur all too frequently, and many innocent individuals suffer serious injuries as a result.

As we have discussed previously, recovering in the aftermath of a truck accident can be challenging. The physical pain and suffering, the lost wages, and the medical expenses can leave a victim stressed and overwhelmed. Although they may think about pursuing a personal injury lawsuit, these individuals may not know how best to go about trying to recover the full extent of their damages.

Distracted Driving and Car Accidents

"Each day in the United States, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver."[1]  The term crashes can include car accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, and commercial vehicle accidents, among others.  

Interstate trucker hours of service limited by federal government

Many truckers are hard workers. They are often asked to drive long hours on tight deadlines, as well as help load and unload the cargo they are carrying. They also have to ensure that they are cognizant of the regulations that apply to them.

These regulations, many of which have been implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, seek to ensure the safety of truckers as well as other motorists. These regulations can pertain to cargo securement, truck maintenance, and weight limits. One of the most important regulations, though, pertains to trucker driving hours.

To Avoid Medical Malpractice, Don't You Want to Know WHY Your Hospital Failed Inspection?

Federal law permits the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") to reduce or deny Medicare funding for failures to comply with federal standards. Yet, information concerning the provider's deficiencies remains unavailable to the public. Without this information, the public is deprived of a mechanism to avoid hospitals where medical malpractice is prevalent.

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