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Whiplash Tinnitus

Tinnitus is the medical word to describe ringing or buzzing noises in the ear.  Medically speaking tinnitus is a diagnosis but is not a disease.  It is a condition that is associated with another injury, trauma or disorder.  While tinnitus may feel like it just occurred out of the blue one day but it is a sign that something is wrong somewhere else.  The initial event of causation may have been days or weeks earlier.

Many employees drive company vehicles either to and from work or for specific company related tasks. Wrongful death claims can be brought against a driver’s employer if the negligent act of the employee occurred in the scope of employment. For this reason, it is vital in every wrongful death case to have only a wrongful death attorney investigate whether the negligent driver was in the scope of employment.

Employer Liability for Employee Actions

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While California is often associated with images of large suburban homes, sunny beaches or vineyards, the reality is that much of California remains rural.  Californians take pride in the thriving farming, ranching and animal breeding industries that exist here.

In rural communities in California, car accidents involving animals occur on a regular basis.  Most collisions involving animals in California involve either cattle being raised for the meat industry, dairy cows, ostriches or emus raised for the meat industry, or horses kept for riding in the rural community.  Additionally, as many California suburbans encroach into previous rural territories, this phenomenon occurs frequently.

tipmJeep Grand Cherokee SUVs have been having some TIPM problems lately. The TIPM is the Totally Integrated Power Module. The most notable issue with the Grand Cherokee’s TIPM is the fuel relay. When the TIPM’s fuel relay fails the SUV may stop receiving fuel. This can cause irritating problems such as the vehicle not starting, or the fuel pump staying on which drains the battery while you are not using the vehicle. At this point, we are monitoring the situation. We have heard rumors that failing TIPMs may cause more serious problems such as fuel starvation while the vehicle is in motion. Improper airbag deployment is another possibility that we are monitoring. Of course, any of these issues could lead to a serious injury, or worse.

If you have been injured in a car accident due to fuel related problems or improper airbag deployment it is important that you do not tamper with the vehicle and contact us as soon as possible. Your first call should be to the attorney. Insurance companies will also act quickly to get in touch with you but it will always be in your best interest to get a free consultation from the automobile accident experts at The Edward A Smith Law Offices. Call us any time at 916-921-6400 or visit our automobile accidents page.

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A JAMA study published in January concluded that people that have sustained traumatic brain injuries (TBI) were more likely to experience a premature death, which is defined as dying before 56 years of age.

The researchers followed everyone born in 1954 and later in Sweden that had been treated medically (outpatient or inpatient) for TBI between the years of 1969 and 2009.  The total number of people followed under these criteria was 218,300.  The researchers looked at death rates at least six months after the brain injury and were compared with the general population.  The study also considered the death rates of siblings of people within the study.

Can A Car Accident Aggravate Arthritis
Post traumatic arthritis is a form of osteoarthritis ( wearing away of cartilage in the joint) that is caused or aggravated by trauma.

It is estimated that 12 percent of all cases of osteoarthritis are post-traumatic in origin.

As a trial lawyer practicing for over 30 years, I’ve been surprised at how many people over the years are totally confused about what car insurance covers and how much insurance they should carry.

My parents recently asked me about the types and amount of coverage they should have and I’ll share with you the advice I gave them.

Nasal injuries can occur in the context of violence, motor vehicle injuries, sports injuries and falls. There can be blunt trauma, lacerations, avulsions and fractures as a result of these injuries. Some of these injuries can lead to surgical intervention. Secondary revision surgery or autogenous grafts may be necessary. It may take a multidisciplinary surgical team to manage the injury. The nasal bone may need to be reconstructed and avulsions may need to be grafted if not enough skin is covering the wound.

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Nasal fractures are the most common facial fractures one will see. They are often not recognized and aren’t treated at the time of the injury. Because the nose sticks out and because it is in the middle of the face, it is predisposed to being injured when the face is injured. Most nasal fractures tend to involve the nasal septum, which is a problem when it comes to a successful reduction of the fracture.

Maxillofacial and cranial trauma are common phenomena in severe motor vehicle accidents or falls from great height. There is a large variety of traumas that can happen, from facial fractures, cranial fractures and fractures that extend from the cranium to the facial bones, called cranio-maxillofacial fractures. One study looked through a large computerized database to see which kinds of injuries were seen under which conditions of injury. They looked at a period of 10 years from 1991-2000 and found 9,500 patients who were admitted to the hospital following cranio-maxillofacial injuries. They were all treated at the University of Innsbruck hospital.

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Doctors and researchers looked at the cause of the injury, the gender and age of the patient, the mechanism and type of injury, the presence of soft tissue trauma in the patient and the presence of dentoalveolar trauma, facial fractures and nonfacial injuries.

Whenever there is a defect in the skin or a non-vital section of skin, such as from burns or other damage resulting in scars, it needs to be replaced with a partial or full thickness skin grafting. Skin generally covers the entire body and protects underlying tissues from damage and infection. It also provides thermoregulation via skin temperature changes and radiation of heat through the skin. Restoring a normal skin border is the purpose behind skin grafting.

Skin grafting was performed two millennia ago in India but wasn’t popular in western medicine until almost two hundred years ago. Grafting was found to speed healing and reduce fluid loss from major wounds and burns. Grafting makes wounds look better and reduces scar contraction. Wounds that extend to bone must be grafted because bone does not cover itself with tissue or skin.