Scooters and Brain Damage

I’ve recently become interested in brain injuries. Not in a gross way, I know brain injuries can be really severe and tragic to the people who experience them. But more appropriately, I’m interested in how such a small part of the human can have such drastic effects on the lives of people who’ve had their brains damaged.

If you think about it, it is pretty crazy that an organ of the body controls everything in your life. Something no bigger than a soccer ball contains every emotion and memory that you have ever felt or ever will feel. And yet, it is so vulnerable and open to damage in the case of an accident or injury. I looked up some situations that may cause brain damage and according to the website for The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee, accidents on construction sites, pedestrian accidents, and vehicle/bike accidents are some of the most prevalent causes of brain damage.

I can’t believe I’ve never considered how dangerous a construction site must be for brains. If you don’t wear a hard hat or protective gear as you are supposed to do, the most important organ is in serious danger! Now I understand why there are so many signs and warnings for construction workers or contractors to take the precautions seriously and protect their head!

Similarly, before my research, I never really considered how pedestrians are really most at risk for brain damage in the case of accidents. I always just imagined that whiplash or other dangerous side effects from a car accident would cause brain damage the most easily. However, pedestrians don’t have the benefit of a seat belt or the exterior of a car to protect them if they are involved in a collision.

While I know that emotions, memories, and so much more are contained within the brain, I dug a little deeper into the website for The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee to see what some of the other side effects are for brain damage-associated injuries. Sadly, brain damage can manifest itself in both physical and mental side effects or symptoms.

Physical effects include loss of appetite, blurred vision, and convulsions. For mental effects, depression, disorientation, and much more can be caused by trauma to the brain. This is so sad. It seems like the quality of life for people who are involved in brain damage-causing situations is really impacted. Because the brain is so important, the effects of slight trauma are magnified.

I looked into ways that I could protect myself from brain damage and they mostly include common sense safety tips like always riding a bike with a helmet, staying away or limiting exposure to contact-heavy sports such as football, and driving safely — for you and the others on the road!

It seems obvious, but please stay safe! No appointment or obligation is worth potentially injuring you or someone else’s brain and forcing side effects as severe as I outlined. Much thanks to The Law Offices of Jeffrey R. Caffee for their excellent research into this tragic but interesting topic.

Fatal Road Behaviors: Speeding

Some of the worst fatal road behaviors include drunk driving, speeding, tailgating, and weaving. But it can be argued that speeding is the most dangerous of all. This is because speeding involves certain factors and risks that cannot be found on other reckless road behaviors.

What is Speeding?

When you hear the word speeding, the first thing that comes to your mind is driving at an excessive speed. This is true, but this definition is quite limited. Speeding is not just about driving too fast, as it is also about driving too fast considering the road and its conditions.
For example, a vehicle traveling at freeway speeds on a school zone or wet road can be considered speeding, but if that vehicle is on a freeway, it can be argued that it is not speeding.

Why is it Dangerous?

Those who are speeding are more likely to get involved in an accident. But the financial costs don’t stop at hospital bills and vehicle repair bills. According to the website of this Providence car accident lawyer, those who have been injured in car accidents may take legal action against the responsible party. In other words, if your speeding behavior causes an accident and has involved an innocent motorist, you may be legally required to give compensation for the damages.
But how can an accident occur if you speed? Below are the following factors that may cause an accident:

  • Poor tire traction – The tires of a speeding vehicle may have less traction on the road. For example, a vehicle going too fast may overturn or rollover during a turn. This is because the tires may not stay on the ground due to excessive momentum.
  • Poor vehicle control – Drivers who speed have limited control of their vehicles. Even a slight turning maneuver and slight movement in the tire’s angles may cause an accident, not to mention that fast objects are inherently harder to control because of limited reaction time.
  • Poor visuals – Speeding drivers also have less time to see road stimulus, such as road signs, traffic lights, and even other vehicles, because the excessive speed may make them pass through them too swiftly.

Wrongful Death

Facing the death of a loved one is never a simple scenario. It might trigger you as well as your family emotional strain and mental distress. As well as grieving and grief, you may also have to handle the load of increased bills. As said on the website of Habush Habush & Rottier SC, sometimes inappropriate deaths cause increased costs for the family of the individual who has passed on. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t necessarily have to confront all these costs by yourself.

When someone you care about dies, the last thing you might want to take into account is how much money it might cost to recognize that individual properly. But you’ll find many facets of a person passing away that demand cash. Some costs of wrongful death that your own family along with you might face include:

  •  Investing in a funeral
  • Paying for funeral costs
  • Investing in decor for a service
  • Spending money on a headstone / burial prices
  • Replacing lost income the dead person provided
  • Paying for almost any other injury-related costs

Nevertheless, lots of cases of wrongful death outcome in the family of the wrongfully departed being compensated because of their situation. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, there are some instances, such as accidental falls, car crashes or poisioning that are seemingly unavoidable and happen suddenly. However, you can qualify to receive monetary settlement in a suit if yet another person’s reckless or hazardous actions resulted in the loss of your beloved.

All the costs may be difficult for to get for a family who is not prepared to meet them. Oftentimes, wrongful death accidents happen unexpectedly and they are jarring both psychologically and financially. All the family or associates of anyone who has been killed suddenly is confronting the prices of burial. Without assistance, these costs can be exceedingly hard to endure and may add to the strain and grief a family feels.

Seniors Share Residences to Stay Out of Nursing Homes

Home-sharing is a great option for seniors to still live independently while availing the necessary services that they can’t perform on their own. It offers great benefits for both parties – the senior and the participant – as long as the agreement is clear regarding the services that need to be provided and the restrictions are understood. Senior home-sharing may be a good option, but it is not for everyone. Those who have been unfortunately mis-matched have reported elder abuse.

In order to be a part of the senior home-sharing program, both parties should first apply. There are a number of home-sharing programs available in the United States, but not every state offers the program. It is important to know whether you are signing in for a match-up or a group residence. Resources such as the National Shared Housing Resource Center can be accessed online and shares a listing of homeshare programs that in available in your state. Regional housing agencies, local office on aging, and non-profit organizations can also offer services as well as information on homeshare programs, and many even administer these programs to help with senior home-sharing.

After applying for senior home-sharing programs, both participants will be interviewed in person in order to get to know them and for the program staff to provide good matches. A home visit will be conducted, as well as a reference check (either by the program staff or the home-provide themselves) to ensure safety. If there is a potential match-up, both parties will be informed and they will meet at the home-provider’s home to determine whether they will be a good match. If they have agreed to the match-up, both parties will be drawing an agreement that would compromise and detail their different needs.

Many home-sharing programs can offer different services, such as independent background checks. Some programs offer to be mediators or negotiators during the drawing of the agreement or when disputes arise, but there are programs that do not offer such services. It is important to therefore conduct research and gather information on which senior home-sharing program would best work for you.

Personal Injury Defined

Personal injury is any harm to an individual caused by the negligent actions or inactions of another person, an entity, or an organization which has a duty of care towards that individual. The key to this definition is the duty of care.

A person, entity, or organization cannot be said to be negligent when such person, entity, or organization has no relationship with the injured or harmed individual. For example, if a child accidentally swallows mommy’s medication for epilepsy and has seizures that eventually results in irreversible brain damage, the drug company is not liable for the injury to the child because it has no relationship with that child, and therefore has no duty of care. However, the mother may be found to be criminally negligent as well as civilly liable for the child’s condition.

Given this qualification of duty of care, personal injury nevertheless encompasses a wide range of circumstances. There are lots of ways that someone can suffer an injury, from a wet patch in a grocery, to a defective drug, to being involved in an accident caused by an intoxicated boat operator, and be eligible for compensation from the at-fault party. However, it is far from a simple matter.

Case law concerning personal injury is still evolving. It was only since the 1970s that personal injury litigation became popular in the U.S., and since then tort law has become increasingly complex. In personal injury litigation, it is the plaintiff who has the burden to prove negligence as well as to provide evidence of serious injury within the statute of limitations, all prerequisites for a viable claim. The tort law varies from state to state, so the personal injury lawyer hired to pursue the claim must have the knowledge and experience to execute the task of protecting the rights of the plaintiff as well as sue for the maximum compensation possible in an effective manner.

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