Mar 20 2013

The Role of Accident Reconstruction in Personal Injury Claims

reconstruction of accidentAccidents can happen within a blink of an eye; however, comprehending why or how it transpired can take days, weeks and even months of careful scientific investigation. It requires meticulous collection of evidence, as well as collating and analyzing relevant data.

Frequently Asked Questions Related to Accident Reconstruction in Personal Injury Claims

1. What is Accident Reconstruction?

Accident reconstruction is a scientific process. It involves an in-depth investigation and analysis of an accident in order to draw conclusions about its cause as well as the events that occurred during the collision.

Accident reconstruction engineers scrutinize everything that is related to a case. They help clients to be aware of the real causes and possible countermeasures of the accident.
Services utilized in accident reconstruction may include analysis of human factors, transportation engineering factors, understanding vehicle types, traffic signal analysis, and temporary traffic control.

2. How Can Accident Reconstruction Help Your Case?

There are two ways in which accident reconstruction may help your case. One, it establishes the main cause and contributory factors that can help pinpoint who should be held legally accountable for the aggrieved party’s injuries. If you are the complainant, the burden of proof in a personal injury case lies with you. With the aid of accident reconstruction, you should be able to prove that the defendant is at fault and has acted neglectfully or purposely to harm you.
Two, all parties (the defendant, the complainant, the judge, and the jury) will have a clearer picture of what happened during the accident. It will show what the victim underwent, and how his injuries were inflicted. This may be instrumental in establishing the validity of the claim.

3. Who Can Help You with Your Personal Injury Claim?

Since personal injury claims often involve legal action, complainants are better off if they hire a lawyer before they seek the services of an accident reconstruction company. Their personal injury lawyer will represent them, help them prepare for trial, and present their accident reconstruction in court.

4. How is Accident Reconstruction Done?

Three steps need to be taken when one is performing an accident reconstruction. Step 1 is completing an in-depth investigation. This will usually include taking photos and videos at the scene of the accident, checking physical evidence, going over police reports and asking questions to witnesses.

Step 2 is evaluating all the collected information and reconstructing the event. Accident reconstruction experts are able to input the data they collected into their computers and recreate the event. This is due to the creation of highly advanced technologies in computers and computer software.

The last step is presenting the findings based on the reconstruction. This may be done by writing a detailed explanation on how the investigation was done, how the accident was analyzed and how the experts came up with their conclusions. Documentation may also include diagrams, photographs and a video presentation of the simulation to show what transpired during the accident. The presentation is done in an easy-to-understand manner so that even those who have no technical know-how are able to understand it.


Sep 20 2012

Car Crashes Into Local Home After Striking 13-Year-Old on Bike

A former middle school principal has been arrested in Lealman, Florida following a crime spree that included strike a 13-year-old boy with his car and driving his vehicle into a private residence.

Once a highly respected Tampa educator, Anthony Giancola had been reportedly struggling in recent years with an addiction to crack cocaine that had brought his career to an end. In late June, Giancola appears to have gone on a dramatic rampage that involving multiple assaults and injuring five individuals with his car.

After assaulting a married couple that ran a nearby hotel, Giancola reportedly asked residents sitting on the porch of a home in Pinellas Park where he could find women from the seat of his car. After being asked to leave, Giancola returned and crashed his maroon Ford sedan into the porch, injury a man and three women.

Earlier that morning, Giancola appears to have intentionally attempted to run over a local 13-year-old boy by the name of Kole Price. Price was returning home on his bicycle from a morning spent fishing with his grandfather when he was struck by the Ford. Giancola allegedly hit Price again with his car before he was able to find safety hiding behind a telephone pole. The boy was not seriously injured in the incident.

Formerly known as “Mr. G.” by his students, police are at a loss to explain what may have overcome Giancola that day.

“There’s no nexus,” said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri in a statement to the media, “No connection between the suspect and the victims as we know it.”

Sources:

http://www.abcactionnews.com/dpp/news/region_pinellas/child-injured-after-car-crashes-into-house
http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Once-popular-Fla-principal-accused-in-rampage-3656024.php
http://www.tampabay.com/news/investigators-on-scene-of-a-fatal-stabbing-in-lealman/1236728


Sep 16 2012

Pedestrian Killed in Largo Car Accdent

A local resident was killed Sunday in a Largo car accident involving a Ford Taurus and a pedestrian on Seminole Boulevard.

Shortly before 8:00 pm, 56-year-old Michael Patrick Bain of Largo, Florida was attempting to cross Seminole Boulevard at the corner of 110th Avenue when he was struck by a car. He was approaching from the east and heading west across the street when the accident occurred. According to a spokesperson from the Florida Highway Patrol, Thomas R. Lardani, 71, was traveling south on the boulevard when Bain stepped into the path of his 1997 Ford Taurus.

Bain sustained serious injuries in the car accident and was transported to Largo Medical Center. He later passed away due to the severity of his injuries, according to a report released by the police department. Lardani was not severely injured in the collision but did sustain minor injuries.

Although the Largo car accident is still under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol, the driver has not been charged with any wrongdoing regarding the incident.

Sources:

http://largo.patch.com/articles/largo-pedestrian-killed-crossing-seminole-boulevard
http://www2.tbo.com/news/news/2012/jul/02/pedestrian-struck-by-car-killed-in-largo-ar-422910/
http://www.tbnweekly.com/pubs/largo_leader/content_articles/070212_lle-01.txt


Sep 13 2012

Retired Largo Biker Killed in Hernando County Motorcycle Accident

Friends and family members are mourning a Largo grandmother who was recently killed at the age of 71 in a local motorcycle accident.

Lu Hadderman was riding as a passenger on a blue BMW motorcycle with Clearwater resident George Talcott heading south on US 41 when the fatal collision occurred. While making their way through northern Hernando County, a 2006 Chrysler entering the highway from Lake Lindsey Road crashed into the pair.

Talcott, 75, was severely injured in the motorcycle accident and transported to Bayonet Point Hospital for treatment. Hadderman was also treated for serious injuries but passed away in a matter of hours due to the severity of her injuries.

According to statements that Hadderman’s family made to the press, motorcycles had always played a big role in her life. Her youngest son began riding a dirt bike at the age of eight, and she had enjoyed riding with Talcott frequently during the last two years. Hadderman had lost both an adult nephew and a fiance to separate motorcycle accidents over the course of her life.

The Chrysler that struck Hadderman and Talcott was driven by Richard Miller. His vehicle also struck a 2003 Chevy Tahoe driven by Christine Zoucha in a head-on collision, but no one was seriously injured in the accident.

Sources:

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/71-year-old-largo-biker-killed-in-crash-loved-motorcycles/1236963
http://www.florida-injury-attorneys-blog.com/2012/06/lu-haddeman-killed-in-brookesv.html


Sep 10 2012

Family Angered by Closing of Fatal Brooksville Car Accident Case

Family members of a pedestrian who was killed in a Brooksville car accident are outraged that no criminal charges have been filed against the driver behind the wheel of the vehicle that struck and killed 73-year old Josefa Rodriguez.

During the morning hours of July 28, Rodriguez was walking south using a crosswalk at the intersection of Aerial Way and Spring Hill Drive. According to a traffic homicide investigator, James Paul Conaty was traveling at a speed of approximately 45 mph when he ran a red light at the intersection and struck Rodriguez.

Rodgriguez was killed by the force of the collision. Conaty was seriously injured and had to be transported by air to a local hospital. Although authorities had initially suspected that Conaty may have been under the influence of drugs at the time of the accident, they were unable to complete a reliable toxicology screening on the driver.

Investigators were unable to make this determination due to the fact that Conaty was administered medication by emergency responders following the accident, and this medication could have mixed with certain recreational substances that may have been in his system. As a result, investigators concluded that Conaty could not be charged with manslaughter related to driving under the influence.

Conaty has previously served time in prison due to a DUI with bodily injury charge and been convicted of driving under the influence on two other occasions. His hearing for the citation of running a red light was held earlier this month.

Sources:

http://www2.tbo.com/news/news/2012/jun/21/hanewso1-pedestrians-family-angry-about-closed-cas-ar-418575/


Sep 6 2012

Drunk Driver Arrested Following Sarasota Car Accident

A resident of Sarasota has been arrested for driving under the influence as well as other charges after apparently causing a car accident on Main Street.

According to Sarasota Police, 48-year-old Jacqueline Lee Azevedo had more than than double the legal limit of alcohol in her system to be driving when a blood alcohol test was administered following the collision.

Azevdeo was allegedly heading east on Main Street in Sarasota, Florida when she shifted her vehicle into reverse and collided with a nearby vehicle. Following the collision, Azevedo abandoned the scene of the accident and pulled into a nearby parking garage.

When police officers arrived on the scene, they soon found Azevedo on the 3rd floor of the parking garage. Azevedo was taken into custody by officers at approximately midnight on Saturday.

After administering multiple breath tests at the jail, authorities determined that she had been driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.17. According to Florida state law, a driver is legally impaired if he or she has a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher.

According to police reports, Azevdeo was held on three charges related to the Sarasota car accident. These charges included a hit and run, DUI involving property damage and DUI with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 or higher.

Sources:

http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20120611/BREAKING/120619927

http://sarasotamugshots.com/mug-shot/jacqueline-lee-azevedo/


Jul 13 2012

Common types of birth injury

Common birth Injuries

Birth injuries are sometimes permanent injuries incurred by an infant during the process of birth. These injuries typically occur as the infant passes through the birth canal during delivery. Birth injury may occur due to a variety of factors including labor complications, physician error, and maternal health problems. Some of the most common birth injuries result from:

• Head Trauma
• Nerve Damage
• Spinal Cord Damage

Head Trauma

Head trauma is the most frequently occurring birth injury. When the head passes through the birth canal, a tremendous amount of pressure is placed upon the infant’s soft skull. This pressure sometimes results in concussion or internal bruising. Head injuries have lifelong consequences. Infants who incur head injuries during birth can suffer from development disabilities, seizure disorder, or may enter a comatose state shortly after birth.

Nerve Damage

Another common type of birth injury is nerve damage. Nerve damage also results from pressure placed on the various nerve systems as a child passes through the birth canal. The resulting nerve damage can cause loss of voluntary muscle control. Three of the most common types of nerve damage injuries include:

• Facial Nerve Palsy: This injury affects the nerves of an infant’s face. Children with facial nerve palsy may have partial paralysis affecting one side of the face, a fallen mouth, or an eye that cannot shut.

• Erb’s Palsy: This condition is the result of pressure placed on the brachial plexus, a nerve center located in the shoulder which controls movement in shoulder, arm and hand. Infants with Erb’s palsy will often require multiple surgeries to correct the condition.

• Cerebral Palsy: Cerebral Palsy describes a group of conditions characterized by loss of gross motor control function. Cerebral palsy may not be diagnosed at birth as symptoms do not appear until the child reaches certain developmental milestones, such as walking and talking. Cerebral palsy typically occurs when the infant is deprived of oxygen during the birth process.

Spinal Cord Injuries

While spinal cord injuries are a relatively rare form of birth injury, they may result in very serious consequences. Infants who suffer from spinal cord injuries have shortened life expectancy and may require extensive treatment and nursing care throughout their lives. Complications from spinal cord injuries may include blood clotting disorders like hemophilia.

Birth injuries can result in serious complications. Children who suffer from birth injuries may require significant care, multiple surgeries, or lifelong assistance. When developmental disabilities occur as a result of birth injury, the child’s potential to lead a normal life is significantly reduced. There are several factors which contribute to birth injury. However, many times the injury could have been avoided. Parents of children who suffered birth injuries may wish to consult an injury attorney to learn about options for providing for their child’s needs.

Goldberg & Osborne, a personal injury and medical malpractice law firm, provides this article for the public’s general information. This article has been written by an independent author, and has not been reviewed or revised by the law firm. Goldberg & Osborne does not warrant the accuracy and comprehensiveness of information the article contains, and will not be held accountable for any inaccuracies, inconsistencies, or errors in the article.


May 2 2011

How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

Choosing a personal injury lawyer is often a critical decision that comes at a difficult time. After one has been injured in an accident, the natural reaction is to focus on healing and not put much thought into other choices. Unfortunately, one’s attorney selection can often make the difference between recovering financially and allowing the physical injury to be only a fraction of the impact on one’s life. The critical factors to consider are an attorney’s experience, integrity, and ability to relate and communicate with his or her clients. While the last factor may seem less important, it can be critical.

The Real Meaning of Experience

While it is easy to assume that a lawyer’s experience is simply measured by the number of years that he or she has been in practice, there is more to it. When dealing with personal injuries, it is important to determine how many years an attorney has been exposed to the specific injury that you have suffered. This means not only what part of your body has been affected, but the context in which you were injured. For example, a brain injury will have very specific medical evidence that a lawyer should be familiar with. Likewise, if you were injured in an industrial accident, this will have different specifics from an injury involving a commercial trucking company. In each instance, it important to find a lawyer that has experience that as closely as possible mirror your circumstances because then he or she will be familiar with the potential pitfalls and advantages. While this is not always possible, it is a prudent target.

Integrity and Personality

After being injured, it natural to be angry, and, in some cases, to think about revenge rather than fairness. One of a good lawyer’s traits will to be keep the client focused on justice. Those that even discuss retribution are more likely to be willing to bend the rules. This may seem appealing, but if unsuccessful, such a lawyer’s conduct may bar the client from recovering at all. It is important to seek a fair outcome that maximizes the benefit to the client, rather than going for revenge.

In addition to integrity, it is important that a client feel comfortable communicating with his or her lawyer. This will help ensure that details do not get missed, and that if the client must testify, the story evokes the true sense of the case most thoroughly. While this may seem either unimportant or obvious, it is often overlooked, and can be of critical importance.

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Disclaimer: Nothing in the above should be construed as legal advice or should be relied on in lieu of seeking the advice of a licensed attorney. The author and publisher of the above information assumes no liability for anything contained in the above article.


Apr 2 2011

What is Accutane?

Originally created to treat certain types of cancer, Accutane is now more commonly used to treat severe acne or moderate acne that doesn’t respond to other treatments. The medicine has recently come under fire for its dangerous side effects, but it continues to be used my some teens and adults to get rid of acne, a problem that plagues millions of people. Prescriptions are only given out in specific cases for this drug because of the reported side effects, as well as due to the fact that there are other treatments that can be considered to aid in combating acne.

Benefits

Accutane works by restricting the production of facial oils via glands in the skin. The acne will in all likelihood return once a person stops taking the medicine. At first, a person is likely to have an acne flare-up before it starts to go away completely. The pill comes in various doses and must be taken daily to work properly.

Prescribing

Due to its side effects, Accutane is only prescribed for a person after other acne treatments have failed to produce results. A short but thorough process is included before a person can even get the prescription.

Side Effects

There is a relatively lengthy list of Accutane side effects. Common ones include an increase in acne at the beginning of taking the medication, headaches, joint pain, hair loss, eye pain, and more. Some rarer side effects include fatigue, a reduction in night vision, depression, psychosis, and hepatitis, amongst others.

Therefore, this medication can be considered as being extremely dangerous and isn’t just handed out to every person that wants it. There have been rare cases of Accutane use having resulted in suicide or death. Additionally Accutane cannot be taken by pregnant women because it will cause birth defects during the pregnancy. Women who are sexually active must be on birth control before they can be given Accutane. Permanent side effects can include hair loss and decreased night vision.

Goldberg & Osborne, a personal injury law firm, has provided this article for informational purposes only, written by an independent author, and has not reviewed or edited this article and is not responsible for its content or accuracy.

 


Dec 17 2010

Explaining the Thin Skull Rule in Personal Injury Accident Cases

Personal injury accident cases can be somewhat complex depending on the particular circumstances of the case. In some instances, a victim, or plaintiff, may have a pre-existing medical condition that can compound the injuries they’ve sustained as a result of an injury accident. The thin skull rule exists for the benefit of such injured plaintiffs. Corpus Christi injury attorney Michael Grossman helps to explain this rule in the following informational article.

The thin skull rule is a unique legal term that is brought into play when a victim with a pre-existing medical condition has been injured by the negligence of another party. In such instances, the defendant will still be held responsible for the victim’s injuries, even if those injuries are more extensive because of the victim’s prior medical condition. The rule is applied regardless of whether or not the defendant knew about the plaintiff’s prior medical condition. The rule requires, essentially, that a defendant takes a plaintiff “as they find them,” which ensures that a defendant cannot rely upon the plaintiff’s susceptibility to injury as a way to refuse their own liability for the injury.

Many victims in personal injury accident cases that have prior existing medical conditions are often unaware of the existence of the thin skull rule. This can sometimes mean that these particular plaintiffs are reticent to pursue legal action since they mistakenly believe that they’re likely not able to recover compensation due to their pre-existing conditions. Simply because a pre-existing medical condition causes a plaintiff’s injuries to be more severe does not mean that the person is less likely to receive compensation as a result. An experienced attorney, like a Midland injury lawyer, understands the thin skull rule and can use such a rule to help a victim seek proper compensation for their injury. If you or someone you know happens to be in such a situation, they are encouraged to contact a legal professional, like Fort Worth personal injury lawyer Michael Grossman,  in order to learn more about the thin skull rule and how it might apply to that particular personal injury accident case.