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Traumatic Brain Injury Deaths

Statistics for Death from Traumatic Brain Injuries According to Age

Traumatic Brain Injury Deaths

I’m Ed Smith, a Stockton auto accident attorney. Death from traumatic brain injury (TBIs) can happen in an instant, changing life for the victim and his or her loved ones forever. In many cases, the victim dies. But even if he or she survives, the symptoms from the resulting injury can range from mild to severe; disabilities can include physical, emotional, personality, mental and other changes. Some of these disabilities can include paralysis, permanent brain damage and other complications, rendering the victim unable to work or care for his or her needs. Even in less serious cases, adjusting to life with a TBI takes time both for the victim and the family members. If the TBI occurred due to someone else’s negligence or intentional actions, a qualified brain injury lawyer might be able to pursue financial compensation on the victim’s behalf.

Personal Injury Claim Time Limit

Personal Injury Claim Time Limit

Personal Injury Claim Time Limit

I’m Ed Smith, a Rio Linda Auto Accident Attorney. I recommend reporting your accident to all involved insurance companies as promptly as you can. This way the insurance companies can open a claim file and prepare for negotiating your claims(s).

Do I have a Personal Injury Claim?

Do I have a personal Injury claim?

Do I have a Personal Injury Claim?

I’m Ed Smith, an Auburn Auto Accident Attorney. If you’ve been seriously injured through no fault of your own, you may very well have a case.

How Do You Value a Day’s Worth of (House)work?

How Do You Value a Day’s Worth of (House)work?

The premise of a California personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit is simple: you and/or your loved ones and family have suffered injuries, losses, and expenses on account of the negligent behavior of another person. The person that caused these injuries, losses, and expenses should, therefore, bear the responsibility for paying for them. But before a court will order the responsible party to pay for your losses and expenses, the law requires that you, the injured plaintiff, prove not only that you did in fact suffer an injury or loss but also the amount of that injury or loss, expressed in terms of dollars.

What is the death of a child worth?

What is the Death of a Child Worth?

I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Wrongful Death Lawyer. In calculating wrongful death claims, there is the potential to reduce the deceased to a number: how much he or she is “worth,” expressed as a dollar figure. This often takes into consideration factors that are sometimes difficult to quantify such as the value of the decedent’s company and companionship, the value of his or her guidance in the household, and the value of any protection the decedent would have provided to the surviving family. In such a calculation, children fall short: while children are certainly missed by their parents, children who die in wrongful death accidents may not have:

Santa Claus is coming to Vacaville!

Looking to make one stop for all of your holiday shopping? From Ann Taylor to Zumiez, 120 stores make up the Vacaville Premium Outlets. There are a ton of special holiday events going on this year that you won’t want to miss!


Be sure to bring the kids because Santa Claus will be making a special appearance at the Vacaville Premium Outlets! Santa and his elves will be strolling around the mall passing out candy canes this Saturday and Sunday, December 5th and 6th.

More holiday entertainment will include:

  • The Whatever 4 Quartet will be performing on 12/6, 12/13, 12/20, and 12/24 from noon-2pm
  • The Merrie Olde Christmas Carolers will perform live on 12/5, 12/12, and 12/19 from noon-2pm
  • The Outlet’s gift wrapping station will be open on 12/12 from noon-3pm. Gift wrapping is complimentary but donations are greatly encouraged as 100% of donations will benefit the American Red Cross

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August 21, 2014 is a date that forever changed the lives of parents whose infant son died while at his daycare center.  This tragic wrongful death that occurred at a daycare does shed light on a practice that some parents and daycare providers practice that can have deadly results.  In Webster Grove, Missouri a 7 month old infant was found dead under a weighted blanket.

A weighted blanked  is a blanket that has items such as flax seed, beans, poly pellets or other items sewn between the fabric. Some blankets are a DIY home project while others are prescribed or obtained from medical equipment vendor.

For some adults or special needs individuals, a weighted blanket has been said to calm the anxious and distressed.  Some medical providers  have recommended such a blanket for adults who have medical conditions such as restless leg syndrome, narcolepsy, night terrors or sleep apnea. Some medical providers encourage the use of such a blanket with children.  In the case of children, it is usually because the child suffers from a sensory processing issues as do autistic children and others with special needs.

road workSacramento’s “Across the Top” project is adding carpool lanes and repaving the highway.  It has been in progress since 2011 and is projected to be completed sometime in 2016.  The project runs for 10 miles from the Sacramento River Bridge east to Watt Avenue.  The project caused a large shift in traffic last year and during that time the California Highway Patrol reported a substantial increase in automobile accidents as follows:

July 2013: 13 accidents compared to 30 accidents in July 2014

October 2013: 16 accidents compared to 34 accidents in October 2014

highway rainTrucking accidents are often responsible for major injuries and fatalities, in large part due to the size and enormous momentum of the vehicles involved, especially fully-loaded trucks. Sacramento truck accidents are more common in large part because of the area’s location at the intersection of major north-south freeways like Interstate-5 and State Highway 99 with major east-west highways such as Interstate-80 and U.S. Highway 50.  It’s proximity to the major Port of Oakland as well as the Port of Sacramento itself, put even more large semi trucks on the area’s roads.

Accidents just in recent months include:

A recent collision on Interstate-80 that involved a big rig with a tank trailer and four other vehicles.  Despite the scary appearance of this accident’s aftermath, there were fortunately only moderate injuries to two of the involved drivers, although traffic in the area was a mess for hours.

Sadly, serious traffic accidents occur all the time.  One tragic Sacramento car accident occurred recently that included two fatalities and several injuries in a single family.  A Hyundai Santa Fe driver failed to stop at a stop sign, striking a Chrysler Town and Country, propelling it across the Alta Arden Expressway where it collided with a Toyota Sienna traveling the opposite direction.  Another recent collision in South Sacramento happened when a teenager apparently drove a Dodge Challenger at more than 100 miles per hour, striking a pickup truck and causing the death of the pickup’s two occupants.

But even much less dramatic Sacramento car accidents can result in serious injuries or even death.  The California State Office of Traffic Safety has collected statistics showing particular problems for the Sacramento area for drunk driving, with Sacramento ranking 4th out of 13 major urban areas in the State for alcohol involved accidents and 3rd our of 13 urban areas for collisions resulting from underage drinking.  Sacramento was also 5th out of 13 cites for hit-and-run incident percentages.

A study by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) of 2006 Sacramento car accident statistics found a particular problem with rural road accident fatalities in Sacramento County.  Although the rate of fatalities on rural roads is much higher than in urban areas nearly everywhere — more than 4 times higher nationwide and about 7.5 times higher statewide — in the SACOG region the figure for rural accident fatalities in 2006 was about 20 times higher, and in Sacramento County specifically was nearly 60 times greater.