October 7, 2013

Common Types of Catastrophic Injuries Include Burns and Vision Loss


This blog has already addressed head and spine injuries but North Carolina's personal injury attorneys would like to raise awareness about other catastrophic injuries.

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Catastrophic injuries are not limited to the spinal and head areas. Loss of vision, burn injuries and amputation injuries can all be very serious and have lasting impact on the victim's life.

Loss of vision may occur in a variety of ways. According to an article on USNews.com, the leading cause of blindness in school-aged children is sports-related injuries. Many of these terrible sports-related injuries could be prevented with the proper type of eye protection.


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October 6, 2013

North Carolina Child Injury: Common Threats Found at Home


Children are extremely vulnerable to injury in a variety ways. Unintentional injuries account for a large number of injuries to children.

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According to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention children are vulnerable to injury due to their inexperience, growth and development, natural curiosity, and smaller size.

Winston-Salem injury attorneys believe it is important to pay attention to all causes of child injury. However, there are a large number unintentional injuries that harm children daily. These injuries can be prevented due to their predictability - as long as proper precautions are taken.

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October 2, 2013

Traumatic Brain Injuries Have Disparate Symptoms


Traumatic brain injuries are extremely complex and may manifest themselves through a wide variety of symptoms and disabilities.

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The effects of Traumatic Brain Injury on the individual can be devastating. Asheville injury attorneys understand how important it is to take any signs or warning symptoms seriously in the aftermath of a traffic accident.

Traumatic Brain Injury is a head injury that often occurs from an acute event. Typically it is immediately apparent that an individual has been hurt. But the full nature of the injury may not be known until days or weeks have passed. This is because every brain is highly unique and may respond to the same injury differently.

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September 27, 2013

Teaching Your Kids About Sports and Spinal Cord Injuries


Fall sports season is well underway, making both kids and parents busy with practice, games, and weekend sporting events. Even though fall is a busy time for school-aged children, safety should always be a priority. Whether your kids are avid athletes or on the sidelines, knowing crucial information about spinal cord injuries can help save them and help fellow athletes in the event of an accident.

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High-impact and other dangerous sports, including cheerleading, can put athletes at risk. Now public health officials are working to build awareness about the dangers of spinal cord and head injuries. Our Asheville personal injury attorneys are dedicated to keeping athletes safe and in helping parents provide the right information to keep their kids safe. We are providing some tips to keep your kids prepared in the event of sports accident or emergency.

Injuries to the cervical spine can be a serious health risk. Damage can permanently injured the brain and the nervous system, resulting in paralysis and brain damage. Though players and teammates may not recognize a severe injury immediately, moving a fellow teammate the wrong way can cause additional injury, resulting in paralysis or wrongful death.

New programs are intended to raise awareness to educate coaches, parents and students, especially those involved in contact sports. Concussions and spinal cord injuries can cause permanent injuries and should be taken very seriously. Cervical spine injuries often occur when a player lowers head or tucks chin and then collides with another player. You can imagine this kind of injury, especially in football. This season already, a 16-year-old player died in August after a scrimmage fractured his third vertebra.

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September 26, 2013

New Technology Liberates Disabled in the Great Outdoors


Throughout the Appalachians, and the North and South Carolina coasts, avid nature lovers know that there is much to be appreciated. Unfortunately, those who have suffered serious injury or disability are often left on the sidelines. A recent advancement in technology allows people with disabilities to enjoy outdoor activities including skiing, biking, and even white water rafting.

Suffering a permanent injury is devastating for victims as well as their families. Our Spartanburg injury attorneyss are dedicated to protecting the rights of victims and helping them move forward after an accident. We take a proactive approach to ensure financial security and also stay abreast of new technologies and advancements that can improve the quality of life for victims.

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According to a recent NPR report, innovators are exploring new technologies and the creative ways that invention can help victims of disability enjoy the great outdoors. The equipment started with a simple idea, using plywood board with lawn chairs to build a replica of a seat for a passenger in a wheelchair. Though the contraption is simple, it allows individuals who have suffered spinal cord injuries or those who cannot sit upright the ability to go whitewater rafting. The company also offers skis that run for $3,000 a set.

The equipment is high-performance and will be used in the Paralympics. The equipment is also delicately constructed to offer lightweight shock absorbers and suspension systems that have changed the way that spinal cord injury victims can mountain bike. In many cases, these are able-bodied individuals who just need the right equipment to perform the activities they once enjoyed.

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September 25, 2013

Harvest Season and Farm Equipment Collisions in the Carolinas


Farming is a notoriously dangerous industry with significant risks for workers who handle heavy machinery and equipment. Through the busy harvest season, workers will be at even greater risk for accidents and injuries related to farm equipment. In addition, motorists sharing the road with farm equipment could face severe accidents and injuries. According to target="_blank"> recent publications, there are a number of characteristics of crashes involving farm equipment that increase the potential for injury and accidental death.

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Nationwide, farmers will be gearing up for the harvest season and using heavy equipment for cultivating the land and transporting goods. Drivers, especially in rural farming communities, should be wary of farming equipment to prevent accidents and injuries. Our Spartanburg accident attorneys are dedicated to working to keep the communities throughout North and South Carolina safe.

A recent report published by the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa, indicates that crash fatality and injury rates are much higher on rural roadways than other roadway types. We have discussed this phenomenon in other posts, attributing the dangers of rural driving to high speeds, reduced vision, and lack of signage. New reports indicate that these accidents could also be related to slow-moving traffic, including collisions involving slow-moving farm vehicles and equipment. The study focuses on understanding the characteristics of accidents involving farm vehicles and equipment.

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September 24, 2013

How Safe Are Food Trucks in North Carolina?


Taco trucks, hot dog stands and other food trucks are an attraction for locals and tourists throughout the Carolinas. While food may be quick and tasty, food trucks cropping up throughout the region may pose potential threats including vehicle accidents and collisions, fire hazards, as well as food-borne illnesses. Whether stopping for a snack after a long workday or taking your kids out after a game, be sure to keep safety in mind when near a food truck.

Food trucks in North and South Carolina do require registration and compliance with regulations, however, they could still pose a threat of accidents or injuries. Our Charlotte personal injury attorneys are dedicated raising health and safety awareness in our communities. When it comes to food truck safety, it is important to keep health and safety in mind to protect your family.

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Food truck owners are responsible for keeping their trucks clean. Like a restaurant, it is important to make sure that food is properly stocked and stored, that surfaces are clean to prevent mold or attracting pests. Truck owners are responsible for loading fresh water and dispose of any waste or waste water. Though health inspectors are obliged to check trucks, individual consumers should also be wary if a truck is not cleaned properly or appears dirty. Health inspectors have indicated that clean trucks on the outside are often clean on the inside. Similarly, a dirty truck on the outside probably means a dirty truck on the inside.

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September 21, 2013

Fire Pit Safety: Preventing Explosions and Burn Injuries


Fire pits can be a warm addition on a cold fall night--whether camping, out at the lake cabin, or in your own backyard. For many families, campfires are part of a tradition. Whether you own a fire pit or you are planning on having a campfire while away for the weekend, remember the potential dangers, especially if there are children around. In a tragic Fayetteville accident, one North Carolina man lost his life after a fire pit explosion.

Fire pit safety awareness can help you prevent accidents and explosions that could potentially cause severe burns or death. Our Asheville personal injury attorneys are dedicated to protecting the lives of North and South Carolina residents and in raising awareness to prevent accidents. While fire pits may mean storytelling and toasting marshmallows, it is also important to keep safety in mind when you are responsible for a campfire.

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According to police, an explosion near a fire pit killed on North Carolina man and left three others severely injured. Reports indicated that the 28-year-old victim was at home at the time of the accident. Investigators are going over evidence, witness statements and reviewing the accident scene to determine the cause of the explosion. Officials do not suspect that foul play was involved in the accident. The blast was likely an accident; however authorities are still unclear about what caused the explosion. According to witness statements, several people were standing around a fire pit late in the evening when something exploded.

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September 18, 2013

Cheerleading Ranked Most Dangerous Sport for Women


For middle-school, high school and college aged students, the fall sports season is well underway. This means cheerleader tryouts, football games and long-practice hours for all athletes. Cheerleading is a recognized sport in 29 states and continues to attract young girls, even at the elementary level. When sending their daughters to cheerleader camps and competitions, many parents do not realize how dangerous the sport can be. A recent study published by the Journal of Pediatrics stated that cheerleading is the most dangerous sport for women.

Sports injuries may range from scrapes and minor sprains to permanent injuries, including paralysis. Our Charlotte personal injury attorneys are experienced in handling complex injury cases and are dedicated to protecting the rights of our clients. We are also committed to preventing serious injury and raising awareness about potentially dangerous sports, including cheerleading.

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When thinking about the role of a cheerleader, you may picture smiling young girls with pony tails and pom-poms. Despite the pretty, happy faces, cheerleading is a very competitive and difficult sport, requiring years of training and practice. Though many girls may dream of becoming a cheerleader, the gymnastics, lifting and throwing can be very, very challenging and physically demanding. In the United States, cheerleading causes the most serious injuries amongst women throughout the country.

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September 13, 2013

Nursing Home Neglect of Dental Hygiene Brushed Under the Rug


In the course of highlighting the gravely serious issue of South Carolina nursing home neglect, there can be a tendency to overlook the seemingly small matters that can quickly snowball into major problems.
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One of the best examples of this is staffers' neglect of dental hygiene among nursing home residents. This may seem a trivial matter when we know that harried, underpaid staffers are often charged with properly feeding, dressing, bathing and medicating those in their care. What's more, many patients with dementia often resist routine dental care, sometimes with physical force.

However, neglecting to take care of one's teeth and gums may result in more than just a cavity. A recent study published in The Journal of the American Dental Association linked oral hygiene to health-care associated pneumonia or respiratory tract infections in elderly people. This is alarming because pneumonia is the No. 1 killer of institutionalized older people.

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September 11, 2013

Bicycle Crashes in North Carolina Could Be Slashed by Lasers


Technological advances involving lasers have been applied to everything from eye surgery to military strikes to accurate lunar measurements.
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The latest invention is a bit closer to the ground, and safety advocates are hoping it could serve to significantly reduce bicycle crash injuries in Greensboro and beyond.

It's called "Blaze," and it was invented by a British physics graduate student who recognized that the greatest problems for bicyclists include being sideswiped by vehicles or being struck because they were in a blind spot where a vehicle turned into a cyclist's path.

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September 9, 2013

Child Sport Injuries in South Carolina Gaining Awareness


Homecoming football games are on the horizon, marking a sports season in full swing for countless young athletes across the country.
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For many young people, their involvement in sports will mark a crowning achievement in their lives. For some others, it will mark the the beginning of a successful athletic career.

Sadly for others, that involvement could result in a debilitating injury that might not only dash their sports dreams, it could lead to lifelong physical challenges. Our Spartanburg sports injury lawyers have long recognized the reality of risks. Recently-published research highlights the pervasiveness of these types of injuries and, we hope, encourages schools, coaches, parents and players to take the risks seriously.

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September 6, 2013

DMV Cracks Down on Motorcycle Beginner's License Renewals


Officials with the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles recently announced that there is a new motorcycle beginner permit renewal system. This change comes as officials attempt to improve motorcycle rider safety. Now, before renewing a beginner's permit, each rider is required to make an effort to pass the motorcycle skills test.
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This change was made specifically so that motorcyclists would not be able to continuously renew their beginner permit instead of applying to get a motorcycle license. Now they're got to take the test. If they pass then they will get a motorcycle enforcement or license. If they fail the test, they will more than likely be able to renew the beginner's permit.

Our Anderson motorcycle accident lawyers understand that motorcycle permits are good for one year and can be renewed without limit. The only difference between these two permits is that a motorcyclist is not allowed to operate the vehicle during nighttime hours. The law, however, also gives the DMV the option to refuse a renewal if they feel that the applicant does not make an attempt to pass the test.

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September 4, 2013

Keeping Child Travelers Safe -- "Let's Go NC!"


Children are some of the most vulnerable travelers. Their bodies are likely to sustain serious injury in the event of an accident -- much more likely than our larger, adult bodies. And it's these youngsters who oftentimes travel along our roadways on foot and on their bicycles, which makes them even more at risk for a serious injury or death in the event of a traffic collision.
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Thanks to officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), there's a new way to help educate these young travelers. It's all a part of the "Let's Go NC! A Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Skills Program for Healthy, Active Children" curriculum. It's equipped with various lesson plans, supplemental tools, educational materials and more to help teach children grades K-5 about the basics of biking and walking. Officials are urging parents, schools, after-school programs, clubs and law enforcement officers to use this curriculum to help keep our children safe.

Our Asheville child injury lawyers understand that children don't fully understand the traffic around them. And because of this, it's difficult for them to foresee the dangers. Throughout the "Let's Go NC!" curriculum, students will learn safety tips regarding walking safely near traffic, crossing the streets safely, crossing intersections properly, safety on and around school buses as well as parking lot safety. The lessons for each grade grouping include a Discussion and Demonstration that occurs in the classroom and hands-on Skill-Building Activities which occur outdoors. Some lessons include a video to complement classroom instruction.

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September 2, 2013

Expectant Parents Killed in Asheville Limousine Accident


Two young motorists were killed following a serious Asheville traffic accident. The female was pregnant with the couple's first child, according to Hollywood Life. The first sonogram pictures of their baby were recovered in the mom-to-be's purse after the accident.
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The couple were passengers of a limousine company they had hired in North Carolina when the limo driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a tree. The woman died immediately upon impact, but the husband didn't know. He pleaded with responding paramedics to save her and his unborn child first. He later died from injuries sustained in the accident at the hospital. The limo driver also remains in the hospital and awaits the outcomes of a pending investigation. According to the investigation thus far, the driver's "actions directly contributed to the collision."

Our Asheville personal injury attorneys understand that limos are used on special days. During the celebration, it's important to keep an attentive eye on safety. For that reason, we're here with a few simple safety tips to help ensure that your big day is a safe one. Limousine accidents can be more serious than an ordinary accident because of the mass and weight of the vehicle. This increases the forces at work during the collision and can result in more serious injuries, especially with passengers in the back who may not be wearing a seat belt.

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