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Pain and Suffering Damages in a Personal Injury Claim

Pain and Suffering Damages in a Personal Injury Claim

What qualifies for pain and suffering damages in a personal injury claim in Mission Viejo or Orange County?  How is fair compensation for pain and suffering determined in a personal injury settlement or verdict? When you are injured due to the negligence of another person you must file a personal injury claim in order to recover financial compensation for your injuries.  Personal injury compensation generally includes but is not limited to: All past, present and future medical bills, physical therapy and counseling Lost wages and compensation if your injuries affect your ability to work or earn a living in the future Modifications to your home, vehicles or office to accommodate your injuries Compensation for “pain and suffering” What qualifies for pain and suffering damages in a personal injury claim in Mission Viejo or Orange County?   Pain and suffering was established in California law to compensate an injured party for having

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Sacroiliac Joint Injuries in a Mission Viejo Car Accident

Sacroiliac Joint Injuries in a Mission Viejo Car Accident

Sacroiliac joint injuries in a Mission Viejo car accident are actually quite common. The sacroiliac joint is a crucial junction which connects the pelvis to the lower back. The sacroiliac joint may not have a lot of flexibility in order to bear our weight as we sit or stand.  One of the primary functions of the sacroiliac joint is to prevent the transfer of force from our legs (walking, running, etc.) from transferring into the spine resulting in injury. The forces associated with a Mission Viejo car accident, especially those associated with an intersection or side-impact, can result in damage to the sacroiliac joint.  Injury to this important joint can result in extremely painful nerve injury.  These types of injury limit mobility and the ability to walk or even move. Sacroiliac injuries radiate down through the hips and into the legs resulting in extreme pain and discomfort. Sacroiliac joint injuries

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What Should You Do After a Car Accident in Mission Viejo

Do After a Car Accident in Mission Viejo

What should I do after a car accident in Mission Viejo or Orange County? What are the legal requirements for someone involved in a motor vehicle accident in California? Most of the people who will suffer injuries in a Mission Viejo car accident this year have never been involved in an accident resulting in injury before.  Any motor vehicle accident resulting in injury can result in a personal injury claim.  The actions you take after the accident can make a significant impact on the success and ultimately the  value of your personal injury settlement or verdict. The first and most important thing is to do after a car accident in Mission Viejo or Orange County is to see a doctor for a thorough medical evaluation within 24 to 48 hours of the accident, even if you think you are uninjured.  If you fail to see a doctor in this time

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Intersection Injury Accidents are Increasing in Mission Viejo

Intersection Injury Accidents are Increasing in Mission Viejo

Intersection injury accidents are increasing in Mission Viejo and across the United States.  According to a recent report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) more than 36% of injury accidents occur in an intersection.  The vast majority of accidents in an intersection are caused by an error in judgment by one or more of the drivers involved. “Inadequate surveillance” was noted as the most common source of intersection accidents.  The failure to exercise caution and carefully observe traffic flow as a driver approaches an intersection accounts for more than 44% of intersection related crashes.  Many of these types of accidents in Mission Viejo involve pedestrians and bicyclists. More than 10% of intersection accidents are caused by a driver who has made a false assumption about the behavior of other drivers .  Making assumptions about what other drivers will do is a natural part of the driving experience.  We

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The Risk of a Concussion for a Child in a Mission Viejo Car Accident

Risk of a Concussion for a Child in a Mission Viejo Car Accident

What is the risk of a concussion for a child in a Mission Viejo car accident?  Many parents falsely believe car seats are perfectly designed to prevent injuries to their child in a Mission Viejo car accident.  The substantial design and safety restraints built into a child’s car seat can help to substantially reduce the likelihood of injury in many car crashes, however they do very little to protect the head of the child – especially during the severe forces of impact associated with a motor vehicle accident. What increases the risk of a concussion for a child in a Mission Viejo car accident?  You may be surprised to learn your child’s head does not have to come into contact with any internal component of the car or foreign object thrown about by the accident to sustain a concussion.  The brain is suspended in fluid as part of the body’s

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Frequent Causes of Flatbed Truck Accidents

Frequent Causes of Flatbed Truck Accidents

What are the frequent causes of flatbed truck accidents?  Southern California, and the Los Angeles and Southern Orange County areas in particular, are home to substantial truck traffic, many of which are flatbed trucks.  Flatbed trucks are used to haul a variety of loads, machinery, equipment or materials.  Some flatbeds are pulled separately and may be detached from the cab of the truck, while others are actually welded to the frame of the truck itself. Detached flatbed trucks come in basically two varieties: A standard flatbed mounted above the wheels A “Lowboy” where the bed actually sits between the wheel wells much closer to the ground There are nearly half a million truck accidents in the United States each year.  A large percentage of these are injury accidents which have been attributed to flatbed trucks.  What are some of the frequent causes of flatbed truck accidents in California? Injuries in

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The Use of Restraints May Be a Sign of Nursing Home Abuse

The Use of Restraints May Be a Sign of Nursing Home Abuse

The use of restraints may be a sign of nursing home abuse or neglect and it is important to remain vigilant if you are concerned about the treatment of a loved one.  The use of restraints in nursing homes is not as common as it was even a few years ago as the use of restraints in nursing homes and extended care facilities has been limited under California and federal law. Restraints may not be used to control a patient or as a form of discipline or punishment.   The use of restraints are required to be accompanied by orders from a licensed physician which clarify how and why the restraints are necessary as well as the duration of their use.  Many nursing homes here in southern California violate these laws in an attempt to keep patients from attempting to get out of bed, especially in situations of under-staffing. The nursing

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Can You Reopen an Injury Settlement in the Future

Reopen an injury settlement in the future

Can you reopen an injury settlement in the future if there are additional diagnosed injuries, symptoms or expenses after coming to terms with an insurance company?  It is important to fully understand every issue surrounding your injuries after any motor vehicle accident due to the negligence of another person.  Once you have signed an insurance release California courts will almost never review the case or settlement. Many people who are injured in a car accident simply don’t understand the nature of their injuries and the costs and consequences which will follow in the months and years to come. The insurance adjuster has one job, and one job only: get you to accept the absolutely lowest possible amount to settle your personal injury claim.  They are friendly, personable and highly skilled negotiators who make every attempt to quickly gain your trust.  Insurance adjusters know from historical data that the faster they

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What are some of the Typical Injuries in a Mission Viejo Car Accident

some of the Typical Injuries in a Mission Viejo Car Accident

What are some of the typical injuries in a Mission Viejo car accident?  How can you recover the costs associated with a personal injury after a car, truck or motorcycle accident?  Do you have a case? According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the leading cause of injury in the United States is a motor vehicle accident.  The CDC reports more than 2.5 million Americans are transported to the emergency room following an accident and, of those, 200,000 are hospitalized each year.  Millions more suffer injuries even though they were not transported for medical attention immediately after an accident.  In these cases, many of the injury victim’s symptoms may not appear for several weeks or even months.  This is why it is so important to visit an urgent care or see your primary physician for a thorough medical examination after any collision. Some of the typical injuries in a

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