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Wilmington Personal Injury Law Blog

Most spinal cord injuries lead to permanent disability

Previous posts on this blog have discussed that the severity of spinal cord injuries correlates with what part of the spine gets damaged. The point of the posts was, however, that any spinal cord injury which a Wilmington, Delaware, resident suffers is serious, and, most of the time, the injury will mean a victim will struggle with a permanent disability for the rest of his or her life.

The most common symptom a person will suffer from a spinal cord injury is what is called incomplete tetraplegia, which means a person has paralysis that goes above the waist but may have some movement of the arms and neck. This is the result of a little over 45 percent of spinal cord injuries.

Pedestrian accidents are an ongoing problem in Delaware

According to a recent report which was paid for by the Governors Highway Safety Association, Delaware has a persistent problem with deadly pedestrian accidents. This report has been summarized by at least one local media outlet.

When accounting for its relatively small population compared to other states, Delaware actually has the highest number of fatalities because of pedestrian accidents. The state saw 27 people die from pedestrian accidents in 2016, which was a decrease from 36 deaths in 2015.

The myth of the minor traumatic brain injury

Most Wilmington residents can probably tell that if a person suffers a blow or other impact to the head and winds up in a coma, then he or she has suffered serious brain trauma. On the other hand, there may well be a common misconception in Delaware and in the rest of the country that if a person can get up and walk away from a traumatic brain injury, then all will be well and the person can go about his or her life, writing off the injury as an accident almost akin to skinning one's knee or pulling a muscle.

However, the symptoms of even what doctors call a minor traumatic brain injury can seriously interfere with the way a Delaware resident works and even lives his or her daily life. For instance, even if a victim does not actually go unconscious, he or she may have a dazed or confused feeling. Additionally, the person may have his or her sleep patterns altered and may also feel constant sensation of being off balance. Headaches and nausea are often common as well.

Helping families recover after a tragic accident

A previous post on this blog discussed how the right to sue for wrongful death falls upon a deceased person's closes relatives. After all, they are the ones who are most likely to suffer both emotionally and financially when someone dies in connection with a preventable accident caused by another person's negligence.

Some of the expenses a family will no doubt face are funeral expenses and whatever medical bills got charged in connection with any efforts doctors made to save the person's life before he or she died. Additionally, if the person who died worked, the family will likely be out that person's wages, a fact which can put long-term financial strain on a family and even force them in to bankruptcy or poverty.

Dump truck accident kills woman

A fatal accident at a Delaware intersection left a 62-year-old woman dead at the scene of the crash. The accident involved a commercial dump truck.

According to police, the driver of the dump truck approached and intersection but disregarded the stop sign. The woman was driving her own car also entered the intersection, where the dump truck struck her vehicle. The driver of the dump truck was not hurt.

Who can sue for wrongful death in Delaware?

Although many people are impacted emotionally, and maybe even financially, after a Wilmington, Delaware resident dies unexpectedly, not everyone can file a wrongful death suit after a fatal accident, even if the accident was caused by someone else's carelessness.

Although this blog has discussed this before, several months ago, it is worth repeating who can sue for wrongful death and, assuming compensation gets awarded as a result of the suit or of a settlement, who will receive payment.

Why do car accidents cause spinal cord injuries?

As previous posts on this blog have reported, motor vehicle accidents are far and away the most common cause of spinal cord injuries. Despite horror stories about sports-related injuries causing an athlete permanent paralysis, a Wilmington resident puts his mobility at risk every time he or she gets behind the wheel.

The reason that car accidents lead to serious spine injuries is that the human back and neck are not designed to sustain the power of an impact like what one experiences following a car accident, and no safety feature on a car can change this or mitigate the risk of a serious back injury completely.

Injured by a fatigued trucker? We stand ready to help

Previous posts on thig blog have discussed how many truckers who travel and through Delaware have to follow certain rules which require them to pull over and take a nap. This blog has also discussed the danger fatigued driving presents, particularly when the driver of a big rig or other large vehicle is too tired to operate the vehicle safely.

Unfortunately, many trucking companies ignore or at least wink at the rules and have little disregard for the dangers fatigued driving presents to other motorists. It may be simply the perception that such considerations are not important in the grand scheme of things, while others may take it a step further and deliberately put profit ahead of safety.

Three hurt in Wilmington area accident

Rescuers had to take three people, all of who were under 30 and one of whom was a teenager, to the hospital following a crash at a Wilmington-area intersection. According to reports, the crash involved more than one vehicle. Authorities initially thought at least one of the victims had gotten trapped in their car.

According to reports, one of the victims was experiencing pain in the neck, and the teenager had suffered some sort of head trauma as well as other internal injuries. The other person was taken to the hospital after complaining that he was feeling pain after the accident. The victims were reported to be stable, but the exact extent of their injuries was not known. Likewise, the status of the police's investigation in to the cause of the crash was not clear.

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.

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