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Have you been injured in an accident? Contact Orange County attorney Rivers J. Morrell at (949)305-1400 for a free consultation.

If You Are an Injured Passenger, Can you Sue the Driver of Your Vehicle for An Accident?

A recent case in the news told the story of the passenger who was badly injured as a result of a car accident where the driver of the car in which he was riding was found to be at fault.  The passenger sustained broken bones and head injuries due to the accident. The passenger was good friends with the driver, and was concerned with how to proceed with his claim for damages. Most people are unaware that an injured passenger can file a claim against the insurance policy of the driver of the vehicle, even if the passenger was travelling in the car of the party who was responsible for the accident.  Most passengers in a car are well acquainted with the driver, as they are usually either family or a friend.   Injured passengers may be uncomfortable or hesitant to file a claim against the driver.  However, the injured passenger must understand that they are filing a claim against the insurance of

Back and Neck Injuries from a Car Accident Can Cause Numbness and Tingling

Common complaints following a motor vehicle accident can include neck and back stiffness and pain. However, more severe back and neck injuries from a car accident can cause additional symptoms such as numbness in the extremities or a tingling sensation in the hands and feet. These types of injuries can affect the central nervous system. Many people that suffer from these types of complaints are unaware that they can be a sign for more serious injuries that may require additional treatment such as surgery. The tingling and numbness sensation in the extremities can occur when the back and neck is injured and the vertebral discs are pushed into the nerves in the spinal column.  This is typically referred to as a “pinched nerve” or can also be referred to as a “herniated disc”.  Medical speaking, it can be referred to as nerve compression syndrome or compression neuropathy, when there is direct

Traumatic Brain Injury from a Car Accident

Traumatic Brain Injury from a car accident can have a substantial impact on your life or the life of a loved one.  In some cases the injury is immediate, obvious and serious.  In others, the injuries may not be as severe and symptoms which are quite subtle can take months to become evident.  Brain injuries are usually classified by memory loss and the loss of consciousness.  If the confusion and disorientation associated with brain injury or a short loss of consciousness which lasts less than 30 minutes the injury is usually classified as “mild.”  In these cases an MRI or CAT Scan may even appear normal during an initial exam. Mild brain injuries often result in headaches and the loss of your ability to focus for weeks after the accident.  Over time, spouses and family members may notice a change in the personality of a head injury victim.  Someone who used

If You Are Injured in a Mission Viejo Accident

If you are injured in a Mission Viejo accident you need an experienced and proven Mission Viejo personal injury attorney for sound advice, counsel and representation.  Rivers Morrell has more than 40 years of experience representing those who are injured due to the negligence of another.  From his office in Mission Viejo, Rivers Morrell works to achieve the best possible outcome for his clients.  Not all injury attorneys have equal skill or can obtain the same outcome in your case.  One of the first questions you should have for any injury lawyer is “how many cases have you tried to a successful verdict?”  “What?” you may ask.  “Doesn’t every attorney take cases to trial?”  No, the fact is most don’t have the proven trial experience necessary to hold the insurance company accountable for the maximum fair compensation due to an injury victim under the law. Insurance companies are at greatest

Rib Injuries in a Car Accident Can Be Quite Serious

Rib injuries in an a car accident can be quite serious and fractured ribs are one of the most common injuries in car accidents across the United States and here in Southern California.  The severe forces associated with a car accident can drive the rib cage into a dashboard, steering column or other components within the vehicle.   Rib injuries have even been due to issues associated with a seat belt or air bag deployment.  Rib injuries on their own are painful enough.  However if a rib is severely fractured it can sever crucial arteries or puncture interior organs resulting in serious injury and a risk to the life of the injured victim. If multiple ribs are broken the resulting injury could result in a “flail chest.”  A flail chest is a serious injury which reduces the space in the chest for lungs and other vital organs.  This condition can make

Selecting a Personal Injury Lawyer in Mission Viejo

Are you looking for information about selecting a personal injury lawyer in Mission Viejo or anywhere in Orange County or LA?  How do you know what to look for in a personal injury attorney and what is the process for selecting the best attorney for your case?  We invite you to watch a video offered by a former client who was seriously injured when a minivan pulled out in front of him while riding his motorcycle.  “Eric” is a real client who is a former Marine Corps Captain, who wanted to help others who are facing the process of recovering from injuries after a car, truck or motorcycle accident. Many people wonder why they need a personal injury lawyer at all.  The fact is the insurance adjuster in your case has one singular goal: settle your case for the lowest possible amount to preserve profit for their employer. Insurance companies

Why Are Legitimate Awards from the Legal Industry Important to an Injury Victim?

Why are legitimate awards from the legal industry important to an injury victim?  How can a person who is not an attorney tell the difference between those awards which genuinely honor excellence in the legal profession, and which awards can be purchased by any lawyer or law firm and are more for show? Legitimate awards from the legal industry highlight the fact that not all personal injury attorneys have equal skills, experience or proven successful outcomes for their clients.  There are unfortunately many personal injury lawyers who have never successfully put a client’s case before before a jury let alone obtained multiple successful jury verdicts.  These lawyers settle all of their cases with the insurance companies. How are legitimate awards from the legal industry important to an injury victim?  How does an insurance company decide how much to pay on an injury claim?  How can claims which are essentially for

A New Blood Test May Help to Diagnose Brain Injury After a Car Accident

A new blood test may help to diagnose brain injury after a car accident.  According to a recent press release by the US Food and Drug Administration or FDA, the agency has recently approved a new blood test which helps to identify brain trauma indicators after a car accident.  The test – known as the Banyan Brain Trauma Indicator or Banyan BTI – measures the levels of two important chemicals which are released by the brain within 12 hours of a head injury. The presence or absence of these chemicals help doctors to determine the likelihood of a Traumatic Brain Injury or concussion and may affect a medical professional’s decision to perform a CT scan or additional testing. “A blood-testing option for the evaluation of TBI or a concussion not only provides health care professionals with a new tool, but also sets the stage for a more modernized standard of

Suffering Broken Ribs in a Car Accident

Suffering broken ribs in a car accident results in a substantial personal injury claim which must take many factors into account.  My name is Rivers Morrell, and I have represented accident and injury victims in Mission Viejo, Irvine, Los Angeles and across the Inland Empire for more than 40 years.  I can tell you there is a lot more than what meets the eye to successfully completing an injury claim for broken ribs in a car accident. It takes a substantial period of time before it is possible to fully establish the appropriate compensation which should result from suffering broken ribs in a car accident.  One of the challenges in these cases is the false presumption most insurance adjusters attempt to assert that the “value of a claim is established by the extent of the medical bills.” Some cases involving broken ribs may not require extensive medical treatment (or resulting
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