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Soft Tissue Injuries Will Impact the Quality of Your Life

Soft Tissue Injuries Will Impact the Quality of Your Life

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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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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