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Miami Personal Injury Law Blog

What are the potential effects of a brain injury?

Any form of head trauma can be a worry. The brain is a very delicate organ, responsible for an individual's ability to function and interact with the world around them. Damage to this sensitive organ can have any number of effects, some of which can be life changing. We saw in a previous article the effects one such injury had on a teenage girl. Furthermore, the symptoms of a brain injury do not always present themselves immediately.

Each region of the brain is responsible for different functions of the body. Consequently, the location and severity of a head injury can make a significant difference to the long-term repercussions. For example, damage to the cerebellum at the base of the skull can affect a person's motor skills, balance and coordination. In contrast, damage to the frontal lobe might affect a person's emotions or their ability to solve problems.

The majority of motorcycle accidents involve other vehicles

It is a sad fact that many motorcyclists in Florida are at risk of becoming involved in an accident on the roads. Furthermore, it may not matter how careful they are, as there is a good chance that the accident will not be caused by them. Although alertness is highly beneficial, it is impossible to predict everything and negligent drivers can easily catch you by surprise. Unfortunately, in many of these accidents, it is the motorcyclist who comes to the most harm.

We have seen previously the potentially fatal cost of such an accident. It is a sad fact that this is not an uncommon occurrence. Often, motorcycle accidents occur because another motorist simply failed to see the motorcyclist, or spotted them too late.

Paraplegic woman sues GM over burn injuries

If you have ever been burned, you probably already know how painful and uncomfortable it can be. Even a seemingly minor burn injury can take a long time to heal and cause considerable discomfort in the meantime. On a larger scale, burns can have far more serious consequences. They can cause permanent and potentially disabling scarring. Furthermore, the toll such injuries take on your body means burn injuries can often be fatal.

In Maine, a 26-year-old woman is suing General Motors Co. after a burn injury she suffered in a vehicle manufactured by the company left her bedridden for almost three months. Paralyzed from the waist down since the age of 15, the lower part of her body is unable to sense heat or cold. As a result, she was unaware when the heated seat of the vehicle began to warm up.

How long do you have to file a wrongful death claim?

It is a sad fact that many families in Florida will suffer the loss of a loved one to an accident that could have been prevented. Often, the shock and grief of such an event can preoccupy the family for an extended period. They may have questions or a desire to seek justice, as we have seen previously. However, healing takes time and legal proceedings may initially be the last thing on that family's mind.

Eventually, however, someone may choose to file a wrongful death claim. Unfortunately, the period during which you can do this is not unlimited. The time limit, known as a statute of limitation, as FindLaw explains, varies from state to state. In some states the statute of limitations for a wrongful death action is only one year. However, many states allow two or three years, while in some states the period is even longer.

Multiple women accuse Florida masseur of sexual misconduct

It is a sad fact that many people, both women and men, will experience some form of sexual abuse in their lifetime. Whether it is an inappropriate comment, unwanted physical contact or any other form of assault, it can be deeply upsetting and its effects can last a lifetime. Unlike many forms of personal injury, the harm done by sexual abuse is not always visible on the surface.

Often, those who have been subjected to unwanted sexual acts do not tell anyone, either through a sense of shame, pride or even denial. Some find it easier to put it behind them and try to move on. It can take time to heal and great courage to confront someone who has subjected you to abuse. Even so, several women in Florida have recently stepped forward to give their accounts of incidents alleged to have occurred at Tiano Salon and Spa.

Teenager suffers brain injury at a school event in Florida

If you have ever suffered a head injury, you may already know how disorienting it can be and the amount of stress and worry it can cause. It is not always immediately apparent if head trauma has had any lasting effects and this can leave victims in a distressing position for a long time. Furthermore, if the injury is shown to have damaged the brain, the effects can be devastating. Victims may face long-term pain and suffering, loss of memory or even decreased ability to carry out fundamental activities such as speaking, walking or eating.

In Florida, a teenage girl now lives with a brain injury that has impaired her ability to communicate and left her with anxiety. She is said to sit in the dark not speaking to anyone and to have become prone to child-like behavior. The accident occurred at a school event when she and a classmate had donned inflatable sumo wrestler suits for a game. It has since been suggested that the school and the company responsible for the suits did not ascertain that her helmet was secure.

Florida motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run

Losing someone you love is never easy, but when they are taken from you in an untimely fashion, it can often be even harder to deal with. Families are left with a void, wanting answers. However, nothing can truly make up for their loss. This is all bad enough, but imagine the grief caused when the identity of the person responsible remains unknown. This is the difficult reality facing a Florida woman whose husband was killed by a hit-and-run driver.

Workers recovering after electrocution at Florida home

Burn injuries can often be far more severe than they initially seem. Even minor burns can leave the victims with permanent scars. Furthermore, aside from the pain caused by the injury, burns can also lead to shock and dehydration, both of which can have fatal consequences. Nor do burns solely originate from fires. Electrical burns can be just as serious and their effects just as lasting.

In Florida, two men were working on a Miami-Dade home when the driver of a loading truck accidentally hit power lines with the truck's crane. One of the workers was on the truck's payload when the incident occurred. The second man was working nearby. Both were shocked by a surge of electricity that coursed through truck and ground alike. The alarmed driver notified a neighbor, asking her to call 911.

Florida man dies in bridge construction accident

When a loved one is killed in circumstances that could have been prevented, it is extremely difficult to come to terms with. You may feel torn between the desire to seek answers and justice and the need simply to mourn the loss of your loved one. However, more than grief afflicts families in this position, as a sudden bereavement can also leave a family with significant financial burdens to bear from funeral expenses coupled with a loss of income.

In Tallahassee, Florida, the family of a young construction worker have hired an attorney to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit after the teenager was killed while working on a bridge. The 18-year-old man was crushed under three steel panels, each weighing 588 pounds. He and other workers had been removing bolts that secured three of the panels to the Aucilla River Bridge in Taylor County. However, when they took out the last bolt, the panels fell. According to the autopsy, the young worker died of blunt trauma.

Woman lives with brain injury after beach accident in Florida

You can't go through life without risking an accident at some point. All you can do is hope that it will be something minor, with no lasting effects. Sadly, this is not always the case and it is important to seek medical attention quickly in the event you are hurt. This is especially critical in the event of a brain injury as these types of afflictions can have devastating and life-changing consequences.

One accident in Florida left a mother unable to participate in the adventures she formerly shared with her children and husband. The woman, now 36, enjoyed swimming, camping and even motorcycle racing. Now she struggles with simple housework and claims a 2011 accident on Daytona Beach left her with a brain injury and facial paralysis. As a result, she says even smiling is difficult for her and her brain injury has caused her to lose some of her memory.