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Three students injured in 2 bus crashes

Motor vehicle collisions can happen at any time and can involve a wide range of vehicles. Whether it's during the early morning rush hour to work, on the way to school or while you are on your way to the store, a crash could happen for a wide array of reasons. Thus, it is important to understand what caused the crash and who might be responsible, as it is possible to hold them accountable for any harm suffered.

According to recent reports, a bus accident recently occurred in Chesapeake. Authorities in Virginia reported that there were injuries involved in the accident that involved two school buses. Emergency crews were called to the 2600 block of Broad Street during the afternoon hours.

What are the different levels of brain injuries?

Being involved in a serious accident in Virginia often means suffering serious injuries. When compared to the types of accident injuries one could suffer, a head injury is arguably the most severe. The brain is a vital organ, and any trauma to it could change one's life forever. But, not all head injuries are the same, making it important to understand the different types and levels of brain injuries.

What are the different levels of brain injuries? To begin, there are concussions. This is considered minor head trauma. However, when a person suffers multiple concussions, this could result in substantial difficulties or impairments. A direct blow to the head frequently causes this type of brain injury.

Understanding what constitutes a reckless driver

There are many causes of car accidents. Today, many think of a distracted driver when they think of negligence behind the wheel of a vehicle. However, there are many forms of negligence behind the wheel. Reckless driving is a serious situation on the roadways; a reckless driver could be the cause of a serious and even fatal automobile collision.

When a driver is reckless driving, he or she is essentially committing a traffic offense. It is one of most serious traffic offenses, as it is typically charged as a misdemeanor. It is also a situation that could result in a serious automobile accident.

Helping secure compensation following a car accident

When Virginia residents go somewhere, they likely use a motor vehicle to get around. This is fairly common, as automobiles are valuable and resourceful. And, while they benefit society, they also present many risks. Motor vehicles can travel at a high rate of speed, and if a motorist is not being careful and attentive, this could result in a serious and even fatal car accident.

An automobile collision is a shocking event. Victims are often left with many questions as they go through the process of giving their statement, getting medical attention and attempt to return to his or her normal life. However, this upsetting event can stay with a victim, making it challenging to get behind the wheel again.

How are TBIs detected?

As a previous post highlighted, a head trauma may not be obvious following an accident. In other words, it is possible to suffer a traumatic brain injury in a Virginia automobile crash without knowing it immediately. A TBI is a serious injury and could affect a victim for years to come. Because of this, it is important that accident victims are properly assessed and medically treated following an accident.

How are TBIs detected? Typically, TBI detection relies on a patient experiencing symptoms. This is often a serious headache, blurred vision, nausea and even light sensitivity. While the signs and symptoms of a patient could help detect a brain injury, the reality is that these symptoms may not show up for several hours or even several days. Thus, researchers have sought to uncover ways to determine right away if a victim of an accident has suffered a TBI.

Long and short-term effects of a TBI

No one expects to be in an accident. Even more so, no one expects to suffer a serious injury, especially when the accident tis minor and a victim does not believe they have suffered any serious injuries. However, some accident injuries can be delayed. Take for example a head injury. Trauma to the brain is not always apparent immediately following a car accident. A victim may show sign and symptoms several hours or even days following the incident. A brain injury is a serious injury that could result in long-term issues.

While a concussion is considered to be a minor head injury, the reality is that when a person suffers multiple concussions in a lifetime, this can have irreversible effects on the brain. Even more so, concussions can often go overlooked, resulting in delayed medical treatment. Thus, the effects of a brain injury, mild or severe, could impact a victim for a lifetime.

Recall issued for almond milk for containing real milk

As well-seasoned consumers, we have certain expectations when we make purchases. Ultimately, we expect to get what we pay for. Whether it is the quality of the brand name, the product doing what it is intended to do or the product being what it is advertised as, consumers' expectations should be met. Unfortunately, defects can occur. This not only presents risks and dangers to consumers but could also be the cause of a recall being issued.

According to recent reports, a recall was issued for Blue Diamond's Almond Breeze. More than 145,000 cartons of almond milk were recalled, impacting consumers in 28 states. After discovering that this product was contaminated with real milk, a recall was issued. The half-gallon size of Vanilla Almond Breeze was recalled due to the label not listing milk as a possible ingredient, and this could put consumers with dairy allergies at risk.

What is the recall process for medical devices?

When we think of the products that consumers use, we often think of automobiles, household items and tools. In addition to these products, many consumers also purchase medical items, such as prescription drugs and medical devices. These items, like other products, could be subject to defects. When this occurs, these items are recalled. The hope is that by taking them off of the market, consumers will not suffer harm from these items. Additionally, it allows certain consumers to take action to avoid harm by having a medication or medical device replaced.

What is the recall process for medical devices? To begin, medical devices serve many purposes and the FDA is tasked with reviewing and recalling them. Medical devices are divided into three categories.

Wrongful death laws in the state of Virginia

The loss of a loved one in a tragic accident can be a shocking, tragic event. It is difficult to accept and cope with such tragedy, causing surviving family members to question what they can do. In Virginia, there are options to seek compensation for their losses, holding a negligent party accountable for the wrongful death they caused.

In Virginia, wrongful death laws restrict who is able to bring a legal action against another party following the death of a loved one. In most cases, this is the personal representative of the decedent's estate, which is the executor or administrator. This is dependent on whether an estate plan was established before the decedent's death.

Helping you seek compensation following the loss of a loved one

It is hard to say goodbye to loved ones, especially when it is a family member that you do not see often. These emotions are strong but manageable. On the other hand, the emotions that coincide with the loss of a loved one are extensive and extreme. Grieving the loss of a loved one is a challenging time that can take family members much time to cope with. What can make the matter even worse is when a loved one's life was suddenly taken away by the negligence of another party. This can leave surviving family members with many questions about what happened and what they can do moving forward.

Whether you are doing it alone or with countless family members and friends, suffering the loss of a loved one is a challenging time. The emotions that one battles with are exponentially greater when the negligence of another causes the death of a loved one. At the Law Offices of Daniel L. Crandall & Associates, our skilled legal team understands the devastation one goes through at a tragic time like this. Thus, we are dedicated to guiding individuals and families in the Roanoke area through this troubling matter.

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