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Catastrophic Injury

How Car Accidents Can Cause Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries are caused by damage to a person’s vertebrae, ligaments, or spinal column disks or to a person’s spinal cord itself. According to the Mayo Clinic, a traumatic spinal cord injury can result from a sudden blow to your spine that can fracture, crush, or compress your vertebrae. Vehicular accidents are amongst the top causes of spinal cord injuries. According…

How Long Does a Concussion Last?

A concussion is one of the most common and least serious types of traumatic brain injury (TBI). However, all concussions should be taken seriously.  The brain is comprised of soft tissue, encased in the skull and cushioned by spinal fluid. When there is a direct or indirect blow to the head, the impact can jolt your brain or even cause it to violently shake within your skull.  Common…

What Causes Motorcycle Accidents?

Several factors can cause or contribute to motorcycle accidents. Riding a motorcycle requires more skill and coordination than driving a car, and motorcycles are far less crashworthy than other vehicles. While rider inexperience is a leading cause of motorcycle crashes, the majority (63%) of accidents involve another vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about one-third of multi-vehicle motorcycle…

What Are Construction’s “Fatal Four?”

What Are Construction’s “Fatal Four?” Every year, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) gathers statistics about workplace accidents. The federal agency then uses these statistics to make safety guidelines and reduce future accidents. Year after year, OSHA identifies the construction industry as one of the most dangerous for workers. In 2018, approximately 20% of worker deaths…

What Makes an Injury Catastrophic?

In short, a catastrophic injury is one that prevents you from working. The legal definition of a catastrophic injury is established in Chapter 42 § 3796 b of the United States Code. It reads: “catastrophic injury means an injury, the direct and proximate consequences of which permanently prevent an individual from performing any gainful work.” Examples of Catastrophic Injuries Using the definition…