Month: May 2014


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If You Have to, Take Negligent Drivers to Civil Court

 
Criminal and civil law are two very different systems: civil law is designed to handle private disputes between organizations or individuals, while criminal law is set up to handle cases involving individuals who are deemed harmful to society. However, there are some cases where the line between criminal and civil law becomes less visible.
 
One recent example comes from New Brunswick, New Jersey, where police recently cited City Fire Director Robert Rawls for failing to yield at a crosswalk and hitting three children who had to be transported to the hospital. Rawls was driving a city-owned SUV when he collided with two 14-year-old girls and a 6-year-old boy in the crosswalk, causing one of the girls to suffer a broken leg.…

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Category: Uncategorized

Education Influences Recovery after Traumatic Brain Injuries

 
The type of traumatic brain injuries caused by something like a car accident, fall, or blow to the head can have a life-long impact. Even a mild traumatic brain injury can cause symptoms like headaches, insomnia, memory problems, mood swings, and changes in sensory perception. A moderate to severe brain injury can result in all those symptoms, as well as problems like slurred speech, loss of coordination, and profound confusion, often making it difficult for people suffering these injuries to continue working or living a normal life.
 
However, there is some hope for those who have experienced a TBI—new evidence suggests that the higher the education level, the more likely someone is to have no measurable disability a year after their injury.…

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Category: Auto Accidents

Insult to Injury: Hospital Asks Car Accident Victim to Foot Bill

 
If you’re injured in a car accident, your only thought should be getting proper medical care; next, your energy should be focused entirely on recovering from your injury. How you’re going to pay for medical care should be the last thing on your mind, but that’s exactly what one Kansas City woman was put through after she was hit by another driver.
 
Back in June 2011, Donnice Jackson was driving home from shopping with her granddaughter when two vehicles collided near her car at a Kansas City intersection. The collision propelled one of the vehicles into Jackson’s car, leaving the 61-year-old grandmother with back and neck injuries. The vehicle that hit her then sped away, making it impossible for her to write down the license plate.…

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Children on Family Cruise Ships:  Are You Putting Their Lives at Risk?

 
Are spending a lovely, relaxing vacation with your spouse and enjoying the company of your children mutually exclusive? Granted, in the past there weren’t a lot of options for vacationers if they didn’t want to be called “Mom” and “Dad” or have to change diapers in between guided tours. But then, cruise ships came along, with their one-of-a-kind offer, and revolutionized the world of vacationing as we knew it: they introduced the perfect family vacation, without compromising adults’ relaxation or children’s fun.
 
The Perks of Fun-Filled Family Cruise
 
“Family cruises” is how they’re called, and they allow both parents and children to be happy in their own age-related manner.…

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Category: Accidents

What Happens When Individual Drivers Collide with Public Transit?

 
While it’s not something that happens every day, individual automobiles and public transit vehicles do sometimes collide. When these accidents occur, how are legal responsibilities divided? Of course,we expect both drivers to be held responsible for their share of the blame, but if public transit is concerned, the city is also automatically involved—and that’s where things get complicated.
 
In a recent story from New York, a woman drove her SUV into a subway car. (Yes, you read that right.) According to the NY Post, the driver of the car was likely propelled over the cement barrier along the side of the road by first driving over a mound of dirt.…

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