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Warning signs of a spinal cord injury

Watching someone you love recover from a car crash or slip-and-fall accident can be difficult. Their injuries may not have seemed serious, but you keep a watchful eye on them as they rest. If something doesn't seem quite right or they're not healing like you think, it's good to know the signs of latent post-accident conditions like spinal cord injuries.

Spinal cord injuries are serious and potentially life altering. Forceful impacts like those in accidents or crashes can damage the spine anywhere from the neck through the back. Your loved one may not experience the effects of a spinal cord injury right away as damaging fluid and swelling on the spine can take time to build up.

The consequences of a brain injury for children

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a severe injury for anyone, despite age. It usually results in short-term effects such as headaches, nausea, confusion and loss of coordination, but there are more substantial consequences for children who suffer from a TBI.

According to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, children experience different symptoms than adults after a head injury. Kids are more likely to suffer from chronic disease process rather experience all their symptoms at one time.

Distracted driving is a major cause of trucking accidents

Commercial truck accidents continue to be among the deadliest and most injurious crashes on U.S. roads – including roads here in Alaska. Trucks are so much larger and heavier than other vehicles that collisions are often deadly or debilitating for occupants of smaller personal vehicles.

While trucking accidents have many common causes, it’s not always clear how common certain risk are. Truck drivers who cause accidents are predictably reluctant to admit what led to the crash, fearing that they will lose their job, get sued, or both. But technology is making it easier than ever to track truck drivers on the job. And according to one company supplying such technology, more than 70 percent of truck crashes it studied were the result of distracted driving.

It was an accident. Why would you want to file a lawsuit?

Most people do not think about car accidents until they experience one. If you have never been in a crash, you probably do not realize why some people fight so hard to receive compensation for their injuries.

However, there can be long-term, debilitating effects from a motor vehicle crash. For example, you may not understand the potential costs involved with treating a traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, given the amount of medical attention a TBI might require, your symptoms could require significant treatment, potentially for the rest of your life.

Prescription painkillers could lead to wrongful death lawsuits

When you go to the doctor, you trust that they will provide adequate care for your medical conditions. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of dedicated medical professionals, sometimes nature triumphs over modern medicine.

However, in many cases, death is preventable. And if your doctor is at fault, you might be able to hold them accountable for their negligence.

Understanding liability laws in Alaska

Most of us don’t think much about how the civil justice system works until we need to use it. For instance, have you considered how financial damages are awarded in a personal injury lawsuit?

That’s what we’ll discuss in today’s post. Specifically, we’ll talk about Alaska’s negligence law, which helps assign liability for an accident or injury. We’ll use the example of car accidents, since that is one of the most common reasons for a personal injury lawsuit.

Legal side of Alaska plane accidents is often complicated

The tragic May 13 collision of two floatplanes near Ketchikan caught people’s attention in the Lower 48 and far beyond.

A man from Australia was among the six who died in the accident. So was a Ketchikan native with 14 years of experience primarily flying sightseers in Southeast Alaska.

The road to recovery is long for spinal injuries

Before the 1950s, a spinal cord injury was almost the same as a death sentence. There was little likelihood that people survived and recovered mobility from severe spinal damage. However, modern science makes full recovery possible.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center, the average stay for injured patients dropped from 24 days in the 1970s to 11 days in 2018; the rehabilitation lengths also dropped from 98 days to 34 days.

Safety implications of legalized recreational marijuana use

It is a simple reality that when social attitudes and norms change the reaction on the law front tends to lag. The result is that certain issues can suddenly stand out in stark relief. The move in Alaska and many other states to allow recreational use of marijuana may stand as one example.

Federal law still makes possession and use of marijuana illegal, but Alaska voters opted to reverse course and legalize the substance in 2015. Of course, that raises concerns about how to prevent impaired driving and reduce the risk of serious, perhaps deadly accidents, caused by negligence in the use of marijuana.


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