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Grand Junction And Western Colorado Personal Injury Law Blog

Memory loss can be challenging after a brain injury

One of the most harrowing symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) for some victims is memory loss. This can impact people in different ways. For some, long-term memories are gone. For others, the short-term memory is impacted. This can make life miserable for many people.

When you think about the long-term memories you have, it might make you emotional to think about not being able to remember those. Cherished memories of your family members who are gone or of friends you don't see any longer may no longer be accessible to you.

Your career can suffer after a brain injury

Suffering from a brain injury negatively impacts the victim's life. It is imperative that anyone who has a one gets the help that they need as soon as possible because some of these injuries can get progressively worse over time. If you had suffered a brain injury due to someone else's negligence, the medical care you received can be an important component in your case if you decide to seek compensation. We are here to evaluate your case and let you know what options you have.

One of the troublesome things about brain injuries is that the impacts can be long-lasting. You never know exactly when something is going to turn into a large problem. In the days following the accident, it might seem like you got away without any injury at all. As time progresses, you may begin to notice certain symptoms, such as headaches, that indicate you did suffer a brain injury. You should contact your doctor or seek emergency care if this occurs.

Slip-and-fall accidents might occur on snow or ice

As winter approaches us, it's time for pedestrians to start thinking about snow and ice that might be on the sidewalks as they walk around our beautiful city. While the snow might be very pretty, it can also be dangerous for people who are walking about. Property owners likely have a duty to keep the sidewalks and other areas free of snow and ice if they have reason to believe that pedestrians will traverse them on their way around town.

When pedestrians slip and fall on snow, ice, fallen leaves or anything else, they might opt to file a lawsuit. This lawsuit is handled in the civil court system and is often referred to as a slip-and-fall accident case. There are many points that come into one of these cases that can help determine the outcome. One of these is what actual duty the property owner had to keep the area safe for pedestrians. Another is whether the pedestrian could have done anything to prevent the accident from occurring.

Knowing how to stay safe when the weather outside is frightful

With winter weather close at hand for many areas of Colorado, you might have concerns for your safety as you navigate the open road. While living in an area where snowy weather is a constant fixture, you might find it imperative to become informed on how to operate a vehicle in adverse conditions safely.

Unfortunately, you can't always rely on others to take the same precautions, and if you are new to the area, you may also be unaware of how best to prepare yourself for the coming climate change. Even if the weather outside is frightful, there are steps you can take to reduce the odds a dangerous collision will occur.

Car wrecks can impact your ability to enjoy the holidays

As the holiday season approaches, people are going to be heading out on the roads more to do their shopping. Even those who order online contribute to the traffic since delivery drivers have to head out on the roads. All this increase in traffic means that there will almost certainly be an uptick in the number of accidents that occur.

We know that you don't want to go into the holiday season in pain from a car wreck. If you are involved in one, getting medical care right away is important. This can help you to catch potential issues before they have a chance to fester and get worse.

Accommodations at work might be necessary after a brain injury

When you are accustomed to working for a living, you don't want anything to come between you and your paycheck. For people who suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI), there are sometimes instances in which they need to seek specific accommodations to be able to continue do their job duties. This can be a challenge, especially when they are used to doing the job without any.

One thing to remember if you have a TBI is that you might qualify for special protections under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This would require your employer to make reasonable accommodations that enable you to do your job. But in this context, "reasonable" can be hard to quantify. In the most basic sense, an accommodation is only considered reasonable if it doesn't place an undue hardship on the company to provide.

NHTSA reports rise in fatal truck accidents

You may not like to think about how vulnerable you are when you travel Colorado's roads and highways. However, it is undeniable that you are at risk. Last year, over 37,000 people died on the nation's highways, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. While that number is lower than the previous two years, that makes little difference if someone you love was among those thousands.

Especially disturbing to you may be that, while the trend is downward for most fatal accidents, those involving buses and large vehicles, such as tractor-trailers, are on the rise. In fact, deadly accidents involving combination trucks rose nearly 6 percent in the last year.

Compensation claims after a brain injury are for more than money

A brain injury can impact you for the remainder of your life. Even when you do heal some from the initial impacts of it, you might notice things that remind you of the accident that injured you. When the incident first occurs, your primary consideration is getting the medical care that you need. Since you are dealing with an injury that's affecting your brain, it is imperative that you do seek out care right away.

Once you know that your medical care is underway, you can look into seeking compensation. You might think that you aren't really the type to sue someone, but you have to look at this from a practical standpoint. Seeking compensation is partially to help you recover the money that you had to spend due to the injury. Why should you be left to pick up the tab for damages you didn't cause?

Plan carefully for trick-or-treating

October is right around the corner, which means that people are going to start making plans for Halloween. When you are planning your outing with your children, you need to be sure that you are keeping safety in mind. Even though there are going to be plenty of people out for trick-or-treating, some drivers might not give pedestrians the attention and courtesy they deserve.

Before you leave the house, plan your route. Try to avoid crossing the street unless absolutely necessary. When you do have to cross, do so at intersections or crosswalks. The less time you spend in the road, the less chance there is that you will be struck by a driver who isn't paying attention.

Don't ignore mental anguish after a car wreck

Many people think that the physical injuries are the worst part of a car wreck. What they don't realize is that the emotional impacts of them can be even more life-limiting. There are times when a person is so traumatized by the accident that they can't function normally. We know that this can change the course of your life.

It is understandable that you might be shaken up after the wreck; however, some accidents are so terrible that the mental anguish is actually post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These cases are the ones that might mean the person can't return to normal activities.

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