Category: Catastrophic Injury And Wrongful Death

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You may be much closer to someone living with paralysis than you realize. According to the Christopher Reeve Foundation, about one out of every 50 Americans is paralyzed.

It is, of course, important to note that this takes into account many different types of paralysis. Some have no motor function at all. Others have quite a bit, but are still living with some restrictions. Each case is different.

The study also looked into the causes of paralysis. First, checking in at 33.7 percent, were strokes. Third on the list, with 18.6 percent, was multiple sclerosis. Both of these are common medical conditions that can be treated, but recovery may not be possible.

Second on the list, though, were spinal cord injuries. They accounted for 27.3 percent. These come from many sources, but could easily be a byproduct of car accidents. The spine is very fragile and could be seriously damaged, even in a relatively “minor” accident.

In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, motorcycle and auto accidents are the number one reason for spine injuries. They cause 35 percent of these injuries annually. Other major causes are falls, sports injuries, violence and alcohol use, but none of them are able to top car accidents.

Have you been hurt in a car accident, and are you now living with life-changing injuries? This can be incredibly expensive, especially when you need assistance and care forever, and you must know what rights you have to financial compensation when someone else caused the crash.

After all, the Christopher Reeve Foundation reported that a full 41.8 percent of people living with paralysis had no ability to keep working. That compensation may be desperately needed to cover your costs.

Source: Christopher Reeve Foundation, “Stats about paralysis,” accessed Jan. 12, 2017

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In many cases in which people are killed, extensive investigations take place. A fatal car accident or a workplace accident could lead to months of investigation to determine who was at fault. Obviously, long investigations often happen when people die in suspicious circumstances and the authorities think foul play may be involved.

However, in nursing home deaths, investigations aren’t initiated all that often. Why do these deaths not get the same scrutiny?

As you may expect, a lot of it just has to do with the medical challenges the residents are facing. They may have numerous ailments and injuries. They are moving into nursing homes because they’re getting closer to passing away, so this end is expected. This can lead people to assume that investigations aren’t necessary.

However, one report by the National Center for Biotechnology Information noted that unnatural deaths in nursing homes do happen and should be investigated. The report looked at seven deaths due to accidents and a pair of homicides. Researchers found that staff members actively attempted to conceal the manner of the residents’ deaths in four cases. They said these workers did so because they thought they’d face lawsuits and/or criminal charges.

The report contends that unnatural deaths could be significantly under-reported, as nursing homes work to cover things up and make it appear that the elderly died of natural causes.

Maybe you don’t think anyone on staff actively attempted to harm one of your loved ones. However, if you think negligence or wrongdoing led to a deadly accident or illness in a nursing home, and especially if you think the management or staff tried to cover it up, you need to learn more about your legal options.

Source: NCBI, “Unnatural deaths in nursing home patients,” TS Corey, accessed Dec. 26, 2016

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A head-on crash in Cass County, Michigan, recently took a life. The 18-year-old man who was killed was a passenger in one of the vehicles.

The car with the young man in the passenger’s seat was going north, and a 17-year-old was driving. For reasons that have yet to be determined, the driver lost control of that car. It went over the center line, into the southbound lanes. There, it slammed head-on into a vehicle behind driven by a 33-year-old woman. A 62-year-old woman was a passenger in that vehicle.

Multiple organizations responded to the crash, including the Michigan DNR, the Michigan Department of Transportation and fire and ambulance departments from both Newburg and Porter Township. Officials who reached the scene determined that the 18-year-old had been killed at the crash site, before he could be transported to an area hospital.

Reports show that all three people who lived through the accident were injured.

Though the investigation is still ongoing, pictures from the scene show the road half covered in snow, with slush all along the edge of the pavement. A semi truck was also involved in the incident, though it never collided with any of the vehicles. One of the cars stopped, still in the road, because the snow the semi was throwing up made it hard to see. After that car stopped, the second one slammed into it.

Ice and snow can be a huge hazard on the roads in Michigan, and drivers must drive safely, being mindful of the conditions even if that means going slower than normal. Those who lose loved ones in tragic accidents this winter need to know if they have a right to compensation when drivers are negligent and lose control of their vehicles.

Source: WNDU, “UPDATE: Police release names of those involved in fatal Cass Co. crash,” Dec. 18, 2016

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One of the most catastrophic injuries that can be suffered in a car accident is a traumatic brain injury, or a TBI. Recovery times vary widely from one case to the next; while some recover well, others never fully recovery and could have permanent issues and even disabilities. Each case is different.

What is certain, though, is that TBIs are more common than many people realize. Every year, about 1.7 million people in the United States are diagnosed with this injury.

Out of these, statistics show that 52,000 of these people are fatally injured. Around 275,000 end up in the hospital, needing more extensive care. The other 1.365 million end up in the ER, get treatment, and are then released.

Those who compile these stats do note that no one knows how many people suffer from TBIs and don’t go get medical help. They are not included in the raw statistics, of course, meaning all of the injuries are more common than even these numbers would suggest.

The odds of suffering from a TBI in a car accident are also pretty high, as crashes are the second-leading known cause. A full 17.3 percent of brain injuries occur in auto accidents. Only falls rank higher, with 35.2 percent. After car accidents come events in which people are struck by outside forces, with 16.5 percent, and then assaults, with 10 percent.

A brain injury can change a person’s entire life, meaning he or she needs endless assistance and medical care, access to a rehabilitation center, and more. If your family is facing these types of costs, it may be wise to look into your rights to compensation.

Source: Brainline, “Facts About Traumatic Brain Injury,” accessed Dec. 01, 2016

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A 16-year-old boy was stuck by a vehicle right outside of Huron High School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Oct. 25. According to a police sergeant, the accident is still under investigation.

The teen was headed north when he crossed Fuller Road close to the school. He was struck by a vehicle traveling eastbound. There hasn’t been any other information released by police.

The teen attended Community High School, where he was a junior. He was described as a positive, generous, humorous and energetic person.

It’s not known if the teen was in the crosswalk when the accident occurred. The day after the accident, parents asked the Ann Arbor Public Schools Board of Educating for safer crosswalks for their children. The secretary of the board said that such changes have to come from the city of Ann Arbor.

Some residents want to know if the city of Ann Arbor has favored downtown projects and deferred the funding for crosswalk improvements. The improvements include the crash location, which does not have lighting. An amendment proposed to use the city’s general fund reserve didn’t pass, failing by a 3-8 vote. One councilwoman who proposed using the reserve fund said that even if the amendment had passed, the crosswalk on Fuller Road wouldn’t have started until next year.

The loss of a child is one of the most tragic things a family has to deal with. When a child dies because of the negligent actions of another person or a government entity, the loss is even more difficult to understand. Those who have been injured or who have lost someone because of a pedestrian vs. car accident have a right to seek compensation from the at-fault parties through a civil lawsuit.

Source: MLive.com, “Ann Arbor Police release few details after teen struck, killed by car,” Lindsay Knake, Oct. 27, 2016