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What should I know about spinal cord injuries?

A lot of different kinds of injuries can happen to Santa Monica residents who are involved in a car accident. One of the worst types of injuries that an individual can suffer from is a spinal cord injury. That is because spinal cord injuries can leave their victims completely disabled, unable to walk, unable to breathe on their own and unable to carry out the most basic functions of life.

Medical care associated with a spinal cord injury is extremely costly, long-term, and in some cases, medical services and in-home assistance are required for the rest of the victim's life. For this reason, when a negligent driver and/or unlawful driver causes an accident that leaves an individual paralyzed in this fashion, he or she may want to pursue personal injury claims in civil court to try and recover financial damages to pay for medical treatment, continued in-home care and rehabilitative services.

Man and child killed in fatal Los Angeles car crash

Two people died in a recent car accident in Van Nuys. The victims were a man and a child riding in a sport utility vehicle that was struck by a big rig. The force of the accident caused the SUV to rollover.

According to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office, the individuals who died were a 37-year-old man and a 6-year-old child. A lieutenant from the coroner's office said that they suspect that the victims were father and daughter, but they have yet to verify this fact.

How long do I have to file a wrongful death lawsuit?

Last week, we discussed the elements of a wrongful death lawsuit, as well as what damages may be sought. This week, we will discuss the time limits on such cases.

There is a specific amount of time in which a wrongful death lawsuit must be filed. This is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations for wrongful death lawsuits is not the same in each state. In California, the statute of limitations is two years for most situations.

2 women killed in California car accident

A two-vehicle accident has claimed the lives of two women outside of Los Angeles. The car crash happened in Willowbrook on a recent Friday afternoon at approximately 5:30 p.m. The cars involved in the collision were a Kia Sorrento SUV and a Jaguar.

The Kia Sorrento driver was a 20-year-old man from Lynwood. The Jaguar was being driven by an 84-year-old California woman. Also inside the Jaguar was an 82-year-old female passenger. Tragically, the female passenger died at the accident scene. The driver was taken to the hospital, but doctors were unable to save her, and she was also pronounced dead approximately four hours later.

Important information about wrongful death suits

A wrongful death lawsuit can happen after a Los Angeles resident is killed by another party's negligence, misconduct or illegal activity. Generally, surviving close family members will have the right to make a claim for damages in such cases.

Wrongful death claims often rely on evidence from a criminal conviction to prove liability of an at-fault party. However, it is not always necessary for the liable party to be guilty of a crime. Take the football star O.J. Simpson for example. He was not convicted of murder, but he was later found liable in civil court for the wrongful death of the individuals he was unsuccessfully accused of murdering.

Fire truck causes deadly accident in Agoura Hills

A 36-year-old California man was killed in a car accident that happened on the way to his brother's wedding rehearsal dinner. The accident happened in Agoura Hills while the man and his wife were en route to the diner. The incident has left his family in tears and disbelief.

The crash happened at approximately 5 p.m. on a recent Friday evening on Kanan Dume Road and Mulholland Highway. The couple was in the process of making a left-hand turn when a Los Angeles County fire engine came up from behind them and unsuccessfully tried to pass them on the left. The truck hit the bride and groom's vehicle and dragged it off the road.

Treating a spinal cord injury

Spinal cord injuries can leave California residents completely incapacitated and unable to care for themselves. In the severest of cases, an individual with an injured spine will require respirators and round-the-clock assistance to stay alive. However, even in less severe cases, victims can suffer mobility problems that prevent them from being able to work or navigate the world by themselves.

Modern medical advancements are changing the way doctors treat spinal cord injuries every single year. New advancements are helping patients achieve miraculous results on the road to recovery; however, here are certain things that remain impossible to achieve and the severest spinal cord injuries that lead to permanent paralysis will generally never fully heal.

Pinpointing the financial impact of a spinal cord injury

A serious spinal cord injury is one of the most debilitating types of injuries a Los Angeles resident can suffer from. Spinal cord damage can leave its victims disabled and unable to walk, and even unable to breath.

The money that a spinal chord injury victim is required to pay to doctors and medical staff can be particularly high; therefore, when pursuing a personal injury claim relating to spinal injuries, it is important to evaluate the victim's current and future medical needs. This will help the plaintiff pursue a sufficient amount of financial damages to support him or her now and in the years to come.

Claiming damages for lost future earnings and lost affection

Prior to initiating a car accident-related personal injury lawsuit, most injured California residents are curious to know what kinds of damages they will be able to claim. Most people know that they can seek damages related to medical care and pain and suffering. What many people do not realize is that in some cases, they can also seek money for lost future earnings, and their spouses can seek benefits for lost companionship and lost affection.

Claims related to lost income are triggered when an individual is so injured that he or she misses work and is unable to complete his or her job duties while recovering. Some individual may never be able to return to work as a result of a permanent disability caused by an accident. In these cases, courts will seek to quantify how much money was lost while unable to work during a medical recovery, and how much money will be lost in the future if an injured person is no longer able to return to his or her job because of paralysis, brain damage or some other kind of permanent injury.

What does 'brain dead' mean?

When an individual is pronounced 'brain dead,' it means that the brain has completely died and will never be able to recover. However, in brain death cases, the heart is still beating and the lungs are still breathing through machine assistance, so it can be hard for loved ones to imagine that their loved one is actually gone.

According to most doctors, brain dead individuals are truly dead, even if their other organs are still operating through the help of machines. For this reason, some doctors do not like to use the words "life support" to refer to ventilator systems and other machines that are used to keep blood flow and breathing constant in brain death victims. This can make it easier for loved one's to let go and finally disconnect the machine.

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