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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 the Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates, 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.

The elements of a wrongful death suit

Although death is a reality in life, it is often something we are not ready for. Dealing with the grief of a lost loved one can be difficult, and when one's death suddenly occurs because of the negligent conduct of another, this can leave surviving family members with a lot of questions. For individuals in Virginia and elsewhere, this can be a confusing and overwhelming time. However, it is also a time when actions could be taken.

Through a wrongful death action, surviving loved ones could seek legal recourse. This legal action seeks to hold a negligent party liable for the death of a loved one and the damages that ensued. In order to be successful with this action, there are four elements that must be met.

Drunk driver causes multi-car crash in Virginia

Driving is a common activity. People get behind the wheel of a vehicle every day without a second thought. However, there are many concerns and issues involved with driving a motor vehicle. Not only is one expected to drive safely, but one must also pay attention to other drivers, as a negligent driver could be present at any moment. Unfortunately, when a negligent driver decides to text and drive, act recklessly or drive under the influence, it does not matter how good a driver they are or how well they are following the rules of the road. A negligent driver could suddenly collide with another motorist, causing the victim much harm.

According to recent reports, a Charlottesville man is facing charges following multi-car accident. Authorities believe he was under the influence of alcohol at the time, causing the accident injured himself and one other person. Based on police investigation, authorities were alerted several times of a wrong-way driver. Then, authorities received calls reporting that the wrong-way driver struck multiple vehicles.

How serious is truck driver fatigue?

We all get tired from time to time. This is often due to lack of sleep. And for some individuals in Virginia and elsewhere, the source of their fatigue is due to being overworked. A fatigued driver is dangerous to have on the roadways. However, it may be even more risky for an overworked and tired truck driver to be on the roadways. While federal trucking regulations seek to reduce hours of service violations, fatigued truck drivers are the cause of truck accidents every day.

How serious is fatigue among truck drivers? According to current research, electronic logging devices are designed to reduce truck driver fatigue and make the roads safer. However, these devices are not as effective as they were intended to be.

Helping you secure damages for a brain injury

Car accidents and other injury-causing accidents can cause a person's life to be turned upside-down in a flash. A severe injury, like a head trauma, can require intense and ongoing medical treatment. The effects of a traumatic brain injury can be severe and possibly permanent. This can impair one's cognitive abilities and even their ability to use their body as they once could.

Suffering a brain injury can leave a victim feeling scared, confused and overwhelmed. One may not fully understand the impact this injury will have on their life, as they try to fully grasp what just happened. When a negligent party is to blame for an accident that has left a victim suffering a head trauma, a victim likely has many questions. At the Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates, our attorneys can help answer questions and help clients in the Roanoke area protect their rights.

Understanding dangerous design defects and proving them

On a daily basis, individuals in Virginia and elsewhere rely on certain products and goods to get through their day. This may be an oven to make a meal, a hairdryer to dry one's hair, a chainsaw to cut down a tree, a vacuum to clean the house or a vehicle to get around. Consumers expect these products to work as intended. Unfortunately, issues could occur, causing a product to not work properly or not work at all. In some cases, a defect in the product could cause the item to become dangerous, causing harm to the consumer.

When manufacturers are making a product, they need to take the time to design the product. While this helps work out what it will look like and the parts necessary to make it work, the design process is not flawless. When errors are made during the design process, this could significantly impact the manufacturing of the product and how it functions.

How do you prove loss of companionship?

A fatal accident in Virginia is a tragic event. Not only is someone's life unexpectedly taken from them, but the deceased's loved ones are left dealing with this sudden loss. Whether it is a spouse, parent, sibling or child, it can be extremely difficult to cope with this loss. Even more so, the coping process can be delayed and complicated as loved ones are also addressing the financial losses associated with this wrongful death.

Various losses can result following a fatal accident. One of these damages suffered by surviving loved ones is loss of companionship. This damage is also known as loss of affection or the loss of consortium. This refers to the loss or deprivation of the benefits of a relationship, such as married life or parenting. In other words, because of the death of a spouse, parent or child, he or she is not longer able to enjoy the affection associated with these types of relationships.

Updated guidelines for TBI management in children

As previously discussed, brain injuries are serious injuries and can take on different forms. The type of brain injury suffered is often dependent on the severity of the accident and how the head was impacted in the incident. No matter if a victim suffered a mild or severe head trauma, it is important to note that recovery time is needed for all types of traumatic brain injuries.

Although brain injuries are serious for anyone that suffer them, children suffering from a head trauma can be a very serious health matter. According to current data, more than 600,000 children visit the emergency department every year for head injuries such as a TBI, a bump that causes a disruption in the normal function of the brain, a blow to the head or a sudden jolt to the head.

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