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You have rights as an injured motorcyclist

Motorcycle accidents can be catastrophic. Imagine driving down the street and getting into a head-on collision with a driver who pulls out in front of you in his or her vehicle. There's little time to stop, and now you face injuries like traumatic brain injuries or shattered bones. Sometimes, amputations are necessary because the damage caused is too severe to repair.

Leg or foot amputations are particularly common for motorcyclists, because these body parts are more likely to come into contact with the road on impact and to be run over or crushed by the motorcycle itself. The procedure to remove the limb or limbs will be done if there is a significant reason to do so. For instance, if there are severe burns on the limb, it may be safer to amputate the limb and prevent infection.

How prevalent are brain injuries in the United States?

Traumatic brain injuries can affect you in a plethora of ways; you may not even know all the symptoms you're suffering because of an injury due to the ways in which they can change and worsen or lessen over time. Usually, brain injuries do get better initially, and at least for several months following an accident, but that's not always the case.

If you suffer a penetrating head injury or a jolt to the brain that interrupts its functions, you will likely suffer a traumatic brain injury. Some people pass out from the impact, but others will be aware of what has happened and awake.

Are property owners liable for injuries on their properties?

Imagine going to a property that you were invited onto just to be injured by a hazard. Maybe you were walking down a path and slipped on a wet area or tripped over broken stones on a walkway. Whatever the reason, it's important to know that the property owner should be held liable for the injuries in most cases.

Property owners have a responsibility to those who come to their properties. Guests, and even sometimes those who trespass, have the right to be safe from unnecessary hazards. Invitees are the parties most protected by the laws of the state; those who are invited onto a property, like customers or job applicants, deserve the highest degree of care and should be kept aware of and protected from hazards.

You deserve fair compensation after your spinal cord injury

When you're in an accident, a catastrophic injury can leave you devastated. Long-term illness and injuries can impact your life in dramatic ways, and a spinal cord injury is no exception. The most common cause of this injury is direct trauma, like an impact to the back during a car crash.

Spinal cord injuries can be incomplete or complete. These injuries vary in significance, but incomplete injuries have some function remaining below the point of injury. Complete injuries are severe enough to result in a total loss of function below the point of injury.

Family settles wrongful death lawsuit with University

You may remember the story of a young football player who passed away after a series of difficult exercises at the University of California. In many cases, incidents involving young men and women can be avoided by better monitoring their activities and physical health during sporting activities. If you've been hurt or lost a loved one because of a situation like this one, remember that you do have the right to seek a claim.

An April 14 report states that the family of a University of California football player has taken a settlement for a wrongful-death lawsuit they filed against the university. The wrongful-death lawsuit was finalized for $4.75 million after months of negotiations.

Boating accidents: The statistics from the Coast Guard

If you are a fan of boating, then you know that these vehicles can be as dangerous as cars or trucks when driven inappropriately in California. If passengers or drivers are intoxicated, drunk boating accidents can happen, and those who don't know the rules of the water can cause collisions, injuries, and deaths. If you're hurt by a dangerous driver or are dealing with the death of a loved one due to a boater's speeding or intoxicated actions, it's important to know the facts and to seek the compensation you deserve.

The United States Coast Guard reports that there were 4,064 recreational boating accidents in 2014 alone, leading to many injuries and deaths. During that time, there were 2,678 people hurt and another 610 who were killed.

Hurt at an amusement park? The park could be liable

When you go to a theme park, you probably aren't thinking about leaving with an injury. Most rides are very secure, and you're strapped in with some of the best harnesses available. Unfortunately, if the hydraulics of a ride malfunction or a seat belt is too loose, an accident could happen.

If you're hurt when you're at a theme park, it's important to know that the premises is liable for your injuries. Between 1997 and 2003, it was estimated that between 2,800 and 4,300 injuries treated at emergency rooms around the United States were directly linked to mobile amusement rides. These are rides found at carnivals, amusement parks, or those rented for an event. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also reported that another 55 deaths took place at fixed-site and mobile amusement parks.

5 facts about motorcyclists that you need to know

If you're a motorcyclist, you know that the roads can be dangerous. Some drivers aren't as careful as they should be, and that puts you at risk. If you're hurt, you deserve to be compensated.

While compensation can be helpful, preventing accidents is key. Some of the most important things to know about motorcyclists are these top five facts.

Vision loss and the brain after a traumatic injury

When you think of a brain injury, you may consider effects like memory loss or dizziness, nausea, or other symptoms. One problem that can actually be much more serious than some others is the loss of vision that can accompany a traumatic brain injury. This loss of vision may be reversible, but in some cases the brain can no longer translate what the eyes see, blinding a person following an injury to the head.

A cortical visual impairment is a term used to describe the impairment of vision that can occur after there's an injury to the brain. Other issues that could occur include brain-damage-related visual impairment, neurological vision loss and the loss of vision due to a traumatic brain injury's trauma. This kind of trauma doesn't actually affect the eyes at all; your eyes may look the same and even move similarly to when you could see.

Deep vein thrombosis and your spinal cord injury

Deep vein thrombosis is a concern you may have if you've suffered a spinal cord injury recently. DVT is a condition in which a blood clot forms deep within your body, typically in the thigh or lower leg. If it breaks off and travels through the body, it can result in a pulmonary embolism.

If it's discovered that you have DVT, you'll typically be given drugs like anticoagulants to reduce the thickness of your blood and to prevent the clot from growing. Anticoagulants may be able to reduce the clot as well.

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