Head Injury Attorney

Brain injuries typically fall into two categories:

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) or other type of closed head injury caused by a blow to the head. This may happen when a person is struck by a baseball bat, falls on an icy surface, is struck by falling debris in a store or hits a windshield in a car accident.

Hypoxic brain injury caused by a shortage of oxygen to the brain. This may happen as a result of anesthesia errors during surgery; as a result of a medication error; as a result of suffocation or as a result of birth injury. In mild cases, the person appears normal after a recovery period. In severe cases, a person ends up in a “vegetative state.”

Although a person with a closed head injury may appear to recover and improve over time, people who are close to the victim (close friend and families, coworkers and neighbors) may notice lasting effects such as the following:

Lingering pain or discomfort

Migraine headaches

Personality changes

Difficulty concentrating, speaking or making decisions

Inability to work as before

Careful evaluation of a brain injury victim over time by neuropsychologists and other professionals may allow for a reasonable prognosis for determination of future needs.

 

Motorcycle Accident Attorney

While motorcycles have the same legal right that cars and trucks to occupy space on city streets and highways, the similarity of circumstances ends there. The deck is stacked against motorcyclists in a number of ways:

A motorcycle is harder to control than a car is on streets with defects or hazards such as salt and on the road, potholes, rough surfaces due to construction and hazardous weather conditions.

The margin of error is not very great when a motorcycle traveling at a high speed encounters obstacles or cars driven by people who claim “not to see” the motorcycles.

A motorcyclist’s injuries are apt to be more serious than those of someone driving an automobile. Very few motorcyclists involved in crashes simply have a sprained ankle. Catastrophic injuries and fatalities are not uncommon in motorcycle crashes.

Some motorcyclists are well trained, well experienced and in good control of their vehicle as well as in charge in traffic. Others, for whatever reason, are more prone to accidents and mistakes. Baby boomers who see their years of freedom drawing to a close are trying to live out unfulfilled dreams in many cases — and for some, that means acquiring a motorcycle and learning to ride at a fairly advanced age.

While some insurers, judges and juries may seem to have a built-in bias against motorcyclists, our clients who ride motorcycles are well represented and do not seem to suffer ill effects of discrimination, in our experience.

However a motorcycle accident happens, a strong legal representation may be just as critical as the best medical care when it comes to the long-term recovery prospects.

Bicycle Accident Lawyer

Pedestrian accidents may occur in a variety of circumstances:

When a pedestrian is crossing a street with the light

When a pedestrian is crossing a street against the light

When a pedestrian is jaywalking, not in a crosswalk

When a car, truck or motorcycle loses control and jumps the curb

Likewise, bicycle accidents occur in a variety of contexts including:

Biking on a city street, traveling with other traffic

Riding on a bike path that crosses a street (or doesn’t)

Riding in a recreational area, away from the city

Bicycles and pedestrians colliding in congested areas 

Whatever the circumstances of a bicycle or pedestrian accident are, serious injuries and fatalities are not uncommon, particularly when a car or truck is involved. A bicyclist may or may not be wearing a helmet — but a helmet may not prevent neck injuries. A pedestrian is almost never wearing a helmet, and may well go flying into the air when hit by a car or truck resulting in pedestrian death or catastrophic injury.

Insurance matters can be complex in pedestrian and bicycle accident cases. An experienced personal injury lawyer knows the best likely sources of insurance benefits available to compensate the injured pedestrian or bicyclist — and is best prepared to deal with the complexities of making a major claim for compensation.