Personal Injury – Don’t Get Injured

There is absolutely nothing worse than being on long-term disability. I’ve been out of commission for three months now, and let me tell you, it is awful.

You’d think, on the surface of it, that you might enjoy the time off, but you’d be wrong. Whether you like your job or not, not working at all is not what it’s cracked up to be.

First of all, it’s boring. The first week or two, when you might actually have enjoyed it, you’re in pain, and you’re stressed. You’ve got medical bills, and your insurance company is being hesitant about paying, and you’ve had to contact a personal injury lawyer, which you worry you’ll have to pay even if they’re nice and say they take it out of money from the insurance.

The first weeks are awful. Then, by the time all that is taken care of, by the time you’re healed enough to not be in such pain, and the insurance company has paid, and the lawyer nicely has not taken all of your money, you’re bored. Just stone cold bored. You want to get up, and you can’t. You want to go out, but you can’t. You want to hang out with people, but you can’t because they’re at work.

At that point, you just start sitting around, watching way too much TV until you get to the point you are bored even with TV.

It’s just awful. I don’t have the best job in the world. I work at a warehouse out on the west side. The hours are tough, and the work is boring. I’m out there all night during the week and then I have a day shift on the weekend, which throws off my sleep. Working nights means I never see anybody else. If you’d told me six months ago I could dislocate something and take a few months off, I’d have asked how to do it and done it right there, but now I just can’t wait to get back to my crummy job.

Basically, the point of this post is that you should never get injured. It’s not like when you were a kid and you got the chickenpox so you stayed home for a week, carefree except for a little itching.

You’re bored. And you feel bad, especially if you have a tired spouse coming home every night, who has to do all the cooking and cleaning after doing all the working. It’s just not a very pleasant experience all around.

The good news, for me at least, is that the doctor says I’m healing up well enough to go back in about two more months. I told him I’d do as much physical therapy as he could give me to get back. Unfortunately, that’s as fast as he can make everything work again.

Here’s hoping he’s done his calculations wrong, though, and I can beat it by a few weeks. I’m going crazy laying on this couch.


Hit the Brake Before You Hit ‘Send’

As technology continues to evolve in order to meet the demands of humans it is imperative that it evolves alongside ethical guidelines that ensure it will be used to assist humans rather than injure them. Distracted driving is a huge cause for accidents around the world every single day. Due to highly active schedules and lack of self-control these devices are currently doing more to harm our species than they are to provide efficient computing and communication services. If cell phones are going to continue to be an extension of our physical bodies then it is the responsibility of manufacturers, on both sides, to collaborate with the intention of providing safe utilizations of phone technology in cars.

Many cars now come with fancy gadgets and glowing displays of different technological functions. The auto industry is doing everything it can to make sure that their new models are compatible with the most popular devices available to consumers. Certain companies have gone as far as to work directly with tech giants like Apple with the vision of creating a car entertainment system that acts an extension for the iPhone. According to the National Safety Council, there is a newfound concern in the way we gather crash data for accidents involving cell phone use. Their findings suggest that we do not have an accurate pool of data for cell phone related crashes because authorities and drivers are not reporting when a cell phone was used and caused the accident. This means we can not accurately make conclusions involving these cases. Without accurate crash data, there is no hope of prevention for the future. Typically auto accidents that are classified as being caused by distracted driving are followed up by possible legal action. Victims who suffered from serious injury and were left with a surplus of medical expenses or other inconveniences usually have the right to seek proper compensation for their ailments. Cell phone use will continue to be a menace to society unless it is dealt with properly in a manner that is sensical for all sides.

Whatever the causes may be in a distracted driving accident it is imperative that the victim always follow procedures with law enforcement and have a documented visit to the hospital to decrease the likelihood of lasting injury. In cases where the victim did not go to a doctor, there were increased chances of severe internal injuries and lack of credibility in a court case due to the absence of a medical professional’s opinion that would stand in court against the defense.

In summary, driving on the roads of the world can be a dangerous bargain with one’s own life or the lives of others on the road at the same time. In the event that you experience the trauma of a severe auto accident, it is greatly advised that you seek proper medical attention to prevent the onset of hidden injury. Together, as a global community, we must work together to accurately record crash data involving cell phones so that we can leave a safer future for coming generations


Spinal Cord Injuries – An Aftermath of Negligent or Reckless Behavior

In 2005, new cases of spinal cord injuries (SCI) in the U.S. was 11,000. Nine years after, in 2014, new cases for this type of injury increased by 1,500, while the number of those already suffering from it was estimated at 276,000 (including children and adults).

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCSC), the latest records show more alarming numbers, with 17,000 new SCI cases each year and an estimated 282,000 persons children and adults already with this type of injury.

The spinal cord, which is a bundle of nerve tissues and support cells, is responsible for sending messages from the brain to the different parts of the body and vice-versa. Due to these messages, a person is able to feel pain, move his/her limbs, and so forth. The spinal cord forms the central nervous system with the brain and is one of the human body’s most delicate and sensitive parts. While the brain serves as the command center of the body, the spinal cord serves as the pathway for all messages to and fro the brain.

An injury to the spinal cord, whether traumatic or non-traumatic, can damage the ligaments or spinal column disks, the vertebrae, or the spinal cord itself. A traumatic spinal cord injury is characterized by a fractured, crushed, dislocated, or compressed area of the vertebrae. This can result from a sudden, forceful blow to the spine, a knife wound or a gunshot would that pierces and cuts the spinal cord. A non-traumatic spinal cord injury, on the other hand, may be due to disk degeneration of the spine, inflammation, infections, arthritis or cancer.

A spinal cord injury can have devastating effects due to the very important function it plays. The most common consequence of SCI is paralysis, either partial or total, depending on the specific area affected by the injury. Partial paralysis, or Paraplegia, is impairment in motor or sensory function (loss of movements and/or sensation) of the lower extremities or the legs. Total paralysis, or Quadriplegia (also called tetraplegia, the term more commonly used in Europe), on the other hand, is spinal cord injury that result to some degree of paralysis in all four extremities or limbs – the legs and arms.

Causes of spinal cord injury include: falling from a significant height; a sporting event accident; electrical accidents; a violent attack, such as a stabbing or a gunshot; and motor vehicle accident, which is actually the leading cause of this injury.

While the New York City personal injury attorneys of Hach & Rose, LLP, knows that serious injuries are often results of accidents which, of course, are never intended by those at fault, they also know that these accidents are, more often than not, results of negligent or reckless behavior, for which those at fault can be held totally liable under the law. SCI, specifically, requires regular and continuous treatment which is not only costly, but which can also cause financial burden in the long run. This costly medical treatment, which is too important for a victim not to undergo, is just one of the many reasons why the liable party will have to be held liable for the consequence of his/her irresponsible behavior. Maybe pursuing legal action against this at-fault person, through the help of a seasoned personal injury lawyer, is necessary in order to claim compensation for the damages he/she has unjustly caused.