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Two injured in auto accident caused by sleeping driver

Even the safest Virginia drivers are vulnerable to the recklessness and negligence of drivers who neither obey the rules of the road nor appear to care about keeping everyone safe. When there is a car accident in Roanoke and throughout Virginia, it can lead to injuries and fatalities. Some of the most dangerous types of crashes are of the head-on variety. But any accident can lead to major long-term problems to those who were involved. After car accidents have occurred, those who were affected must remember to protect themselves by considering a legal case to be compensated.

A multi-vehicle crash sent two people to the hospital and led to another driver facing charges. The accident happened just before 4 p.m. when a 32-year-old man in a GMC pickup crossed the center line of the road, sideswiping a Chevrolet Trailblazer. The GMC then crossed the double line heading into traffic and there was a head-on car collision with a Honda Accord.

Daylight Saving Time can spark increase in car accidents

While many Virginians will be relieved at Daylight Saving Time as they will feel as if they are getting an extra hour of sleep until they grow accustomed to the change, there are also known dangers that they will rarely consider. Research has indicated that the number of people who are in a car collision because of drowsy driving rises right after the autumn time change. This information from AAA is concerning and should be factored in after a car accident.

According to AAA, people who are having an early-morning commute are more susceptible to drowsiness behind the wheel because they will suddenly find themselves driving in the dark. Not only does the change force people to drive with a different perception, but it can also disturb their sleep patterns and lead to driving while drowsy and falling asleep at the wheel.

The elements of a wrongful death suit

Losing a loved one is never an easy event to live through; however, because death is a part of life, individuals in Virginia and elsewhere are likely to encounter these unfortunate matters at some point. While we can understand the death of elderly and terminally ill loved ones, we are shocked and surprised by the sudden death of a family member when his or her death was caused by the negligence of a loved one.

Surviving family members experience much loss, grief and sorrow following the sudden death of a loved one. In addition to the emotional and mental harm loved ones experience, financial hardships could accumulate due to medical bills, funeral costs, loss of companionship, lost wages and other related damages. Thus, family member will want to seek compensation from a negligent party that caused the death of their loved one.

How can sleep patterns indicate the recovery of a TBI?

Accident victims can suffer a wide variety of injuries ranging in severity. While some victims are lucky to walk away from the scene of an accident with little to no injuries, others are in serious and dire conditions that require immediate and continuous medical treatment. A traumatic brain injury is one of the most severe injuries a victim could suffer, and it is one of the most challenging injuries to recover from. Because it can take months and even years to improve a victim's health and condition, the recovery process is likely to most difficult on TBI victims.

Doctors and researchers have conducted multiple types and forms of studies to better understand the impacts of brain injuries and what the road to recovery entails. For TBIs, those suffering from moderate to severe injuries are found to have sleep-wake cycles that are seriously disrupted, which include overlapping periods of sleep and wakefulness that can last several minutes. Researchers discovered that the recovery of this sleep-wake cycle is linked to the degree of recovery of the consciousness.

Recovering compensation following a brain injury

In the unfortunate event of an accident, we all hope that we can walk away from the incident with little to no injuries. But this is considered to be a rare event because in most automobile collisions, victims suffer some form of injury, even if it is not immediately apparent. One injury that might take time to develop or show signs of is a brain injury. While one would think any trauma to such a vital organ would be visible immediately, the most challenging aspect of a brain injury is the fact that it could take hours, days and even weeks to show clear signs of an injury.

A brain injury, even in a minor form, can be life altering. A victim could endure cognitive change, making it difficult to return to his or her normal life. At the Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates, our experienced lawyers understand the challenges and difficulties a brain injury can present accident victims. Thus, we are dedicated to helping Virginia residents understand their rights and options following a serious accident.

What are the different types of brain injuries you could suffer?

Being involved in a serious accident is a shocking and unexpected event. Even more so, dealing with the aftermath of the accident can be overwhelming for accident victims. This is especially true for those suffering injuries to their head. A head trauma could be the cause of serious and significant brain injuries; therefore, it is an injury that should not be taken lightly. For some victims, an injury to the brain could alter his or her life completely, even causing long-term or permanent disabilities.

What are the different types of brain injuries you could suffer in an accident? Depending on the type of accident a person is in and the type of trauma experienced to the head, a victim could suffer one of seven types of brain injuries. By understanding the type of brain injury you have suffered, you can get a better picture of the symptoms you will experience, suggested treatment plans, how long recovery might take and what long-term issues you might endure.

Medicare paid $1.5 billion for defective heart devices

Hearing news that your health is not well can be difficult to process. While medical professionals will recommend a treatment plan, this does not always mean taking a medication, changing your diet or exercising more. In some situations, this could mean surgery or even the use of a medical device. Although it is not unheard of that patients will use medical devices to treat or reduce a health problem, these devices do not come without potential issues. In fact, they can sometimes malfunction, causing the patient to suffer serious injuries and health problems.

According to recent reports, Medicare has paid around $1.5 billion over the past decade in order to replace defective heart devices. Reports indicate that this included seven different types of devices, and these failed devices impacted thousands of elderly patients.

Understanding drug recalls and why they are issued

At some point in time, Virginia residents are prescribed medications. Whether it is for a simple ailment or a serious disease, patients across the nation rely on these prescription medications to heal or treat them. However, mistakes can be made when prescription drugs enter the market, resulting in ineffective or dangerous products to land in the hands of consumers.

A drug recall could occur if it is discovered that issues regarding the safety of a medication come into question. Whether it is due to design, manufacturing or marketing errors or defects, a drug recall will likely be initiated. By recalling a drug, a prescription or over-the-counter medication can be removed from the market due to defects or potential harms.

Helping you assert your rights following a truck accident

Sharing the road with large commercial trucks is commonplace for motorists in Virginia. While these massive vehicles play an important role in intrastate and interstate commerce, commercial trucks also generate many dangers on the roadways. Trucking companies rely on truck drivers to make timely and safe shipments and deliveries, but this does not always occur. Due to long hauls, overworked truckers and fatigued truck drivers, many errors could be made behind the wheel. This could easily be the cause of a serious or even fatal truck crash.

The aftermath of a truck accident can be horrendous. These massive vehicles could severely damage the automobiles involved, resulting in serious injuries to those traveling within the vehicle. T the Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates, our experienced attorneys understand the devastation and the pain and suffering that can arise from a truck crash; thus, we are dedicated to helping victims in the Roanoke area assert their rights.

What damages are recoverable in a wrongful death claim?

The loss of a loved one is a very challenging event to overcome. No matter the age of the person, when a loved one is suddenly taken from you because of the negligence of another party, this can be a shocking, traumatic and overwhelming time. While it might seem impossible to move past this tragedy, it is possible to process this event and move forward. While no amount of money can bring a loved one back, a compensation award could help offset the damages caused by the event.

What damages are recoverable in a wrongful death claim? A wrongful death claim is used by surviving family members to not only hold a negligent party accountable for his or her wrongdoings but is also used to help offset the losses and damages suffered because of the fatal incident. Thus, if you have lost a loved one because of a negligent driver, doctor or property owner, a wrongful death suit could prove to be very beneficial.

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