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Pelvic Fractures 

Pelvic Fractures  occur more commonly in males who are likely to become injured in high impact crashes. Fractures of the pelvis can happen in the elderly with a simple fall from a standing height. The incidence of pelvic fractures is about 37 cases per 100,000 people in the US per year.

On August 23, 2015, a man was killed and six other people were taken to area hospitals following a three-car collision in the Arden-Arcade area.  The incident took place a little after noon on Sunday on the Alta Arden Expressway. Alta Arden between Wright Street and Fulton Avenue was closed down for a period of time following the collision.

According to police, a Hyundai Santa Fe that was traveling southbound on Wyda Way ran a stop sign and entered the intersection with Alta Arden, colliding with the passenger side of a Chrysler Town & Country that had been traveling westbound through the intersection.  The impact caused the driver of the Chrysler to lose control of the vehicle and slam into a Toyota Sienna minivan that was traveling eastbound on Alta Arden.

Fiery Fatal Crash in Natomas, Ca

On Tuesday August 18th there was a police pursuit that ended in one fatality. Prior to the event police and an air unit were called to investigate reports of a shooting in the 2600 block of Stonecreek Drive in Natomas, CA where a man was reported to have fired off shots from a riffle while in a dispute with neighbors. It was also reported that the suspect fled the scene by a vehicle that was driven by a female driver.

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It is not uncommon for those involved in a traumatic event to experience an array of emotional reactions. Working in a personal injury law firm, I meet people who have lost movement in their limbs, lost their limbs, experience disfigurement, suffer brain injury and some clients have to deal with the  loss of a loved one due to a life altering event.  Additionally, if a person was relatively healthy but then must deal with chronic pain for the rest of their life, emotional trauma can follow.

Emotional trauma manifests itself differently in people.  Some symptoms of emotional trauma may include:

Wrong Way Accidents on Freeways Claim Lives

Recent wrong way collisions on freeways in the Sacramento area have had catastrophic consequences.  Specifically, in May of this year, the driver of a pickup truck was traveling eastbound in the fast lane of westbound I-80 when he struck and the occupants of a Lexus as well as himself.  Also, a month earlier in April, a 19-year-old traveling the wrong way on a freeway crashed into a pickup truck carrying three men, resulting in her death.  She had a blood alcohol level of .20 percent, over twice the legal limit.  In another alcohol-related wrong way collision earlier this year, the driver of a sedan drunkenly sped onto a freeway the wrong way and crashed into a car carrying three teenagers, killing all of them.

Traumatic Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a disease where the median nerve, which passes from the forearm onto the palm of the person’s hand is crushed or squeezed following repetitive injury or acute traumatic injury to the wrist. The median nerve must pass through the carpal tunnel which is made of ligaments supporting the wrist and hand and some of the bones of the wrist.  The median nerve affects the sensation and movement of the thumb, the palm of the hand and the second through fourth finger, although the ulnar aspect of the fourth finger is often spared.

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Brain Injuries, Personality Changes and Motorcycle Accidents  An unfortunate and common symptom from a traumatic brain injury following an auto or motorcycle accident are personality changes.  I have represented many clients over the years with these types of injuries and they can have a substantial effect on one’s life and relationships with others.

“Organic” personality changes are the most common physically based psychiatric sequelae of moderate or severe head trauma. Mild head injury (post concussion syndrome) may alter personality in the direction of affective instability, poor impulse control, apathy, or other changes. Severe outbursts of aggression or rage are found only in the earliest, confusional stages of mild head injury and generally resolve within the first two or three weeks of recovery.

Facial Fractures

The face is made from several different bones, many of which are fused together. There are two joints to the face on either side of the cheeks, called the temporomandibular joints. Facial fractures can be minor or severe, depending on their location and whether or not they are displaced. Open fractures are more serious than closed fractures because open areas of bone are prone to bone infections, which are difficult to treat.

Trauma and Trigeminal Neuralgia

Trigeminal neuralgia involves extreme pain in the face caused by damage or inflammation to the trigeminal nerve or the fifth cranial nerve. There are three branches to the trigeminal nerve, any one of which can be affected. The trigeminal nerve breaks off into an ophthalmic nerve, which innervates sensation around the eye, the maxillary nerve, which innervates sensation around the cheek and maxillary area, and the mandibular nerve, which regulates sensation of the lower jaw area.

floodOur post topic of today – driving tips for flooded roads -may not be a primary interest of concern in Northern California in late July.  Of course we are still in the thick of our incredibly hot, dry summer, but interspersed with all the news reports regarding our drought conditions, another weather related topic has been getting a lot of press: the expected El Nino this fall/winter.  If you listen to some meteorological experts, we can expect a huge deluge of rain this year.  And in Sacramento and Elk Grove, that translates into flooded streets.

The flooded streets of Sacramento can be dangerous.  Many times, drivers believe they can forge on through a flooded street but it actually takes very little standing water to cause loss of control of your vehicle.  Being unable to control the vehicle means you could end up in the path of oncoming traffic or off the roadway.  If the flood water is moving, that adds another element of treachery – it takes as little as six inches of active flood water to actually push your vehicle.  With two feet of water on the roads, a vehicle can actually float.  Not only is losing control of your vehicle very dangerous, that amount of water can cause a lot of damage to the vehicle itself.