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The Impact of Social Media on a Personal Injury Case

Impact of Social Media on a Personal Injury Case

What is the impact of social media on a personal injury case for those injured in an accident here in Mission Viejo or across Orange County?   It is important to understand the impact social media can have upon an otherwise valid personal injury claim.  The majority of us here in Southern California post events and news in our lives to social media.  It may surprise you to learn that you should never post information on social media if you are involved in a motor vehicle accident.  This especially applies to the extent of your injuries or thoughts you may have about other drivers or the cause of your accident. Insurance adjusters and their legal teams scour your social media posts for statements that can and will be used against you to diminish the value of or actually reject a valid personal injury claim.  For example, an insurance adjuster can raise

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Dealing with Permanent Injuries after an Accident

Dealing with Permanent Injuries after an Accident

What are the challenges of dealing with permanent injuries after an accident and how should that impact your personal injury claim?  While most injuries sustained in a Mission Viejo car accident or motorcycle crash may heal over several weeks or months, some injuries will unfortunately impact your ability to work and the quality of your life from this point forward. For example, we must consider the impact of dealing with permanent injuries after an accident which result from paralysis.  Serious back and neck injuries can unfortunately result in paralysis, limited motion or a reduction in the range of motion in an arm, leg or digit.  These injuries may also affect motor skills, the ability to concentrate or perform work, control over muscle groups and even the strength or quality of your senses. In other cases, the damage to an arm or leg may be too extensive to be repaired and

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Jet Blue Crew Members Could Have a Valid STD Injury Claim

Jet Blue Crew Members Could Have a Valid STD Injury Claim

It is quite possible that Jet Blue crew members could have a valid STD injury claim after the recent allegations of sexual assault against two of the airline’s pilots.  Two crew members have publicly charged that they and a third woman were drugged by the pilots during a stop over in San Juan, Puerto Rico in May of 2018, ultimately leading to sexual assault and rape.  The lawsuit filed this week alleges the accused pilots also knowingly transmitted an STD during the attack. The Jet Blue crew members could have a valid STD injury claim if they can prove they did not have an STD prior to the alleged incident and that one or both of the accused attackers knew they had an STD at the time. The lawsuit alleges the three women decided to go to the beach together where they met the defendants.  The two men offered an

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Soft Tissue Injuries Will Impact the Quality of Your Life

Tingling and Numbness after an Accident

Soft tissue injuries will impact the quality of your life long after a car accident and the settlement of any related personal injury claim.  It is quite common for people who are involved in car accidents here in Mission Viejo and Irvine and across Orange County to believe they are uninjured.  They may feel bruised, battered and a bit shaken up, but there seem to be no obvious major injuries or visible trauma. The reality is quite different.  You see, many injuries which result from a car accident will take weeks or even months before presenting any observable or noticeable symptoms.  You may feel a bit stiff after the accident, and then believe you are starting to improve when all of a sudden you are bedridden with extreme pain in your back and neck, muscle spasms resulting in missed work and recreational opportunities. The soft tissues surrounding your back and

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Why Do You Need an Attorney for a Soft Tissue Injury

You Need an Attorney for a Soft Tissue Injury

Why do you need an attorney for a soft tissue injury after a car accident?  Many people who are involved in car accidents here in Mission Viejo and Irvine and across Orange County every month believe they have avoided injury in the immediate aftermath of the accident.  They feel bruised and shaken up, but there seem to be no apparent injuries or broken bones.  This is unfortunately not actually the case.  Many injuries sustained in a car accident can take weeks or even months before presenting symptoms.  This is why it is important to seek a thorough medical examination within 24 to 48 hours of any motor vehicle accident, even if you think you aren’t injured. The soft tissues of the back and neck are especially susceptible to the forces involved in a motor vehicle collision.  The neck, torso and head are forcefully thrashed back and forth in many directions

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Ride Sharing Services have Increased Injury Car Accidents

Ride Sharing Services have Increased Injury Car Accidents

Ride sharing services have increased injury car accidents here in Orange County California as well as Los Angeles and across the nation.  Before the existence of Uber, Lyft and other ride sharing services fatal accidents nationally were at an all time low.  Researchers from the University of Chicago and Rice University in Houston recently revealed data which shows a significant increase in traffic fatalities in the eight years since ride sharing companies began their rapid expansion. “…ridesharing is associated with an increase of 2% to 3% in the number of motor vehicle fatalities and fatal accidents,” according to the researchers from Rice and the University of Chicago. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was the source of information which was used by the study to evaluate the number of accidents per Vehicle Mile Traveled (VMT) in the past eight years since Uber and Lyft began expansion.  In city after

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CDC to Study the Rise in E-Scooter Injuries

CDC to Study the Rise in E-Scooter Injuries

What is causing the CDC to study the rise in e-scooter injuries across the nation?  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has begun the inaugural study on electric scooter or e-scooter injury.  The city of Austin, Texas Public Health and Transportation Departments requested help evaluating the challenge of a rapidly rising number of e-scooter related injuries and injury claims. E-scooter companies such as Lime and Bird are supporting the CDC study.  The initial data results have already provided some valuable insights: Most e-scooter accidents resulting in injury do not involve other vehicles Most e-scooter riders involved in accidents were not wearing a helmet, often resulting in head trauma almost half of the riders in injury accidents had a blood alcohol content above the legal limit The ease of use and availability as well as the relatively low cost of e-scooters has resulted in a rapid increase in the

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