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Wilmington Personal Injury Law Blog

The most common causes of traumatic brain injuries

There are many ways a Wilmington, Delaware, resident can suffer a traumatic brain injury, and some of these ways are actually quite preventable so long as people exercise some reasonable care and caution.

For example, the most common cause of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, as of 2013 was falling, which accounting for almost half of all TBIs that required a visit to the hospital. Falling down and hitting one's head particularly affected the oldest and youngest victims of TBI, with almost 80 percent of all emergency room visits and hospital stays for TBIs that affected people over 65 had some connection to falling. Likewise, over half of all TBIs which required a hospitalization or trip to the emergency room for a child under 14 were caused by a fall.

Assistance navigated localized problems after an injury

As a previous post on this blog discussed, although all spinal cord injuries are permanent since the spinal cord itself does not heal, not all such injuries will land a victim in a wheelchair. If the injury is in the lower back, a person may still be able to walk and do some of the things they used to do, although they could experience incontinence and difficulty walking without some sort of help.

While in some sense a Wilmington resident is probably relieved to walk away from an injury still being able to move all four limbs, in another sense, these injuries can be difficult to get full and fair compensation for since they aren't the classic type of spinal cord injury, that is, the type that leads to paralysis.

Extent of spinal cord injury depends on location of damage

All spinal cord injuries could rightly be called "very serious," and it is in fact a rare day when a person is able to walk away from a spinal cord injury and not experience some sort of permanent handicap which will affect the way the victim lives the rest of his or her life.

However, it is equally important to remember that not all spinal cord injuries will end in complete paralysis and, in some cases, a victim may not be completely immobile at all. The extent of the injury usually depends on where in the backbone the injury is located.

Several people injured in highway accident

Three people got hurt recently in a multi-vehicle accident on a Delaware state highway. Although the full extent of the victims' injuries is not known, police did indicate that all three victims were expected to survive.

The accident involved three passenger vehicles and one semi. The driver of the semi did not, however, appear to be at fault for the accident. Police say that, instead, one of the other vehicles was heading north and driving the vehicle recklessly, and, from the police account, may have been weaving in and out of traffic.

What are the leading causes of spinal cord injuries?

The residents of Wilmington, Delaware know that spinal cord injuries are serious matters that people should try to avoid. A significant spinal cord injury can leave a person paralyzed, sometimes even from the neck down.

For almost anyone, being paralyzed will mean the loss of work and will most certainly require significant medical treatment and rehabilitation. Depending on the extent of the paralysis, a person could need constant help performing daily life functions.

Assistance in the aftermath of spinal cord injuries

Wilmington residents and people who live in other part of Delaware most likely know that a spinal cord injury is a very serious matter. If someone's spinal cord gets damaged significantly in an accident, then he or she may struggle to walk or even be able to move his or her arms and neck again. This will obviously affect their ability to go to work, do the activities they enjoy or even perform basic daily functions.

What some might not realize, however, is the economic impact of a spinal cord injury. In a sense, they are a special type of personal injury case. Even if the person or business responsible for the injury is willing to admit that their negligence caused the accident, there are often significant disputes about how much compensation is appropriate.

PREGNANCY RELATED WRONGFUL DEATH & MEDICAL MALPRACTICE

During birth, primary focus is on the newborn - but what about his/her mother? Negligent hospital policies and protocols can lead to the death of mothers who should otherwise be treated for minor complications.

What are the effects of fatigued driving?

Although there are widespread public announcements warning of the dangers of fatigued driving, many people in Wilmington, Delaware might not think of it as a big deal. After all, we all have to go to work sometimes on little or no sleep, and, generally speaking, the only result is feeling exhausted and groggy by the end of the day.

Many truck companies may even share this attitude and therefore encourage their drivers to wink at the federal hours of service rules, if they even apply to a particular trucker, and instead push drivers toward longer hauls and therefore, supposedly, greater profit.

Hearsay issues can have profound impact in wrongful death case

To succeed in the legal arena, whether criminal or civil, an individual needs to have a firm grasp on many aspects of the field. Of course, a criminal defendant needs to understand the law they are accused of breaking, as well as any potential penalties they may face. But that's not all. The legal field is shaped not only by statutory law, but also by case law, the rules of trial procedure, and the rules of evidence. These rules can be used to one's advantage, but those who are unfamiliar with them and fail to utilize them can be taken advantage of by knowledgeable prosecutors.

Hearsay is a perfect example. Hearsay is a statement made outside court, but which is presented as evidence by another individual during a trial for purposes of submitting that statement as a fact. Although hearsay is generally inadmissible, it is only disallowed when a proper timely objection is made. Those who fail to object to it may not only have questionable statements made by others used against them, but they also fail to preserve the issue for appeal.

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.

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