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What is post-concussion syndrome?

A concussion is a serious and often traumatic brain injury that can significantly impact a victim's health. Individuals who suffer blows to the head in car accidents and other personal injury events should always seek medical attention to ensure that they have not sustained life-threatening harm. However, even a mild or moderate concussion may seriously affect the long-term health of a Virginia accident victim.

That is because concussions can lead to post-concussion syndrome. Post-concussion syndrome is a complicated condition that can manifest differing symptoms in different people and they can last for various durations of time. Many individuals who develop post-concussion syndrome experience pain in the form of headaches, dizziness, and other complications for weeks and even months after sustaining their injuries.

Distance, distractions, and dangerous truck accidents

Virginia roads and highways are often traveled by commercial drivers who, in their rigs and massive trucks, carry the goods that residents want and need. Trucks and their drivers are integral parts of the cycle of commerce in the United States, and through trucking many businesses are able to deliver their products to stores, customers, and wholesalers. Although trucking is an important means of transport for retail and commercial items, it can be a dangerous practice when truck drivers fail to meet their duties of care.

One unfortunate way that truck drivers may fail to act reasonably and to keep themselves and others safe is by allowing distractions to affect their operating capacities. Driving distractions come in many different forms, though in the current technological climate handheld devices are a major cause of driver inattention. Sending and receiving text messages, dialing phone numbers, web surfing, and other internet-based activities are all hazardous activities to do when behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Hit-and-run accident leaves bicyclist injured

Car accidents may be every day events in Virginia and other states across the nation. However, they are not all fender bender and minor incidents. Some car accidents are severe and do not just involved automobiles. Pedestrians and cyclists can be struck, resulting in serious and even fatal injuries. And in some unfortunate accidents, motorists do not stick around the crash site. A hit-and-run accident can cause much harm and pain to those injured, causing many to be left with unanswered questions.

According to recent reports, a cyclist was injured in a hit-and-run crash in Prince George County. Authorities believe that the cyclist was traveling northbound on South Crater Road when the 58-year-old biker was struck by an unknown vehicle from behind. The force of the collision caused the rear tire to break, ejecting the cyclist onto the shoulder of the roadway.

A primer on what constitutes product liability

We are a society of consumers. We purchase goods to help ease problems or provide entertainment. No matter the purpose of a good, a consumer in Virginia and elsewhere believes that the product will work properly or as promised. Those that fail to do so could be defective. In some cases, this could simply mean that the product does not work at all. However, in other situations, this defect could cause the product to be dangerous, causing harm to a consumer.

What is product liability? In simple terms, this is placing responsibility on a party or parties for a defective or dangerous product. The party or parties are held accountable for placing a defective product into the hands of the consumer, causing him or her harm. As a result, the injured consumer is able to collect damages from the responsible party or parties.

Understanding your rights after the tragic loss of a loved one

The loss of a loved one is a difficult event to cope with. This is especial true for those who have lost a family member suddenly because of an accident. In some cases, the negligence of another party may be to blame. This could be a distracted driver, fatigued truck driver, negligent property owner, or even a negligent medical professional. When a party fails to uphold their duty of care owed to another, a fatal accident could result and give rise to a wrongful death action.

The time period following the loss of a loved one can be difficult to navigate. One may not know how to fully process the event, especially when the negligence of another party is to blame. At the Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates, our attorneys are sensitive to these matters, dedicating our time to helping individuals understand how a wrongful death action could benefit our clients' situations.

What injuries are caused by a seatbelt in a car crash?

It is very common for motorist and passengers in Virginia and elsewhere to take steps to guard against a car accident. While motorist can drive safe and occupants can properly use safety restraints, this does not mean they are not immune from car accidents or injuries resulting from a collision. Even a careful and safe driver could suffer serious accident injuries if struck by another vehicle, causing the driver or passengers to suffer pain and damages.

A seatbelt is designed to prevent and reduce the severity of injuries in the event of a car accident. However, an occupant in a vehicle involved in a crash could suffer seat belt injuries. Although seatbelts do save lives, saving around 13,000 lives in 2014, it can also contribute to the injuries suffered in a car accident.

Fatal pedestrian accident occurs in Norfolk

In Virginia and other states across the nation, motorists encounter pedestrians. This could be at a crosswalk, in a residential area, near a sidewalk or in a parking lot. No matter where a pedestrian is, a motorist is expected to uphold their duty to follow the rules of the road a drive safely. Failure to do so could result in a serious or even fatal car accident.

Authorities in Virginia were recently dispatched to a pedestrian accident that took place near a Greek festival in Norfolk. The accident took place at the 7200 block of Granby Street. Based on preliminary reports, the 57-year-old woman was crossing Granby Street in a crosswalk where the street intersects with Fife Street. This is when the driver of a Toyota SUV struck the pedestrian.

Tackling obesity after a traumatic brain injury

There are few injuries as severe as a head injury. Even when a victim of an accident does not suffer a severe head trauma, an injury to the brain could have a lasting impact. It could take much time to overcome the effects a traumatic brain injury can have on a Virginia accident victim.

Based on current research, there are many obstacles TBI victims must overcome. One of these is obesity. Researchers found that individuals who have suffered a brain injury are at a much greater risk of becoming obese years after the initial injury. The risk of obesity was linked to the patient's medications, the changes in their thinking, behavioral changes, physical limitations and lack of transportation.

Fighting for your rights following defective product injuries

Americans are fortunate to be able to purchase and use very resourceful products. Furthermore, they enjoy laws that regulate these products, helping to ensure they are safe. Unfortunately, errors could occur in the designing, manufacturing and selling of a product, resulting in a defective and even dangerous product.

Suffering an injury by a defective product is a shocking event. It can be challenging to process, and it can be overwhelming to confront the growing expenses related to medical bills, lost wages and other damages. At Crandall & Katt, Attorneys at Law, our experienced attorneys understand how difficult this event can be. Thus, we are focused on fighting for the rights of individuals in the Roanoke area, providing compassionate and individualized representation.

How common are defective product injuries?

Whether it is a gift or a new purchase, we purchase and use consumer goods with the idea that they will work and complete the tasks that they were designed for. In some cases, a product will work just fine initially. However, due to a defect, the product malfunctions. While this could mean the product is simply broken and will not work, it could mean the consumer suffers injuries due to the malfunction.

How common are consumer product injuries? According to data from 2017, around 10.5 million people in the U.S. were treated in the emergency department for injuries that were caused by a consumer product. In many of these cases, the victims were injured from everyday products that were assumed to be safe. It was also found that many these incidents involved the most vulnerable populations -- the elderly and young children.

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