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How to Avoid an Accident with a Truck

accident with a truckFor a lot of people, summer means road trips, and that tends to mean a lot of highway driving with trucks. In 2015 there were 109 fatalities involving trucks in Missouri alone. To avoid becoming one of those travelers, here are some tips you can use to avoid getting in an accident with a truck.

Give Them Space

Remember that trucks need more space than smaller vehicles because their extra size means it takes them longer to slow down and stop. Never cut in front of a truck because they may not be able to stop quickly in the event of an emergency, and the last thing you want is to be rear-ended by a truck. Before turning on your turn signal and changing lanes in front of a truck, make sure you can see all of the front of the truck (a.k.a. the cab) in your rearview mirror.

The same goes for traveling behind a truck. Leave enough space so that you have time to avoid ramming into the back of the truck if something goes wrong. You also want to make sure you’re far enough back that you still have clear visibility of the road in front of you. One of the dangers of traveling too close behind a large vehicle is that it tends to limit your visibility of the rest of the road in front of you, in which case you can’t react to other traffic hazards until it’s too late.

Pay Attention to Turn Signals

Before trying to pass a truck, take a look at its turn signals. Trucks with long trailers often need to use an entire intersection in order to make a turn, which means they may have to use the left-hand lane to make a right turn and vice versa. So don’t assume just because a truck is in one lane means it is going to stay in that lane, especially if you’re approaching an intersection.

Avoid Blindspots

Trucks have large, rounded mirrors so they can try to see if there’s a car in their way before they turn or change lanes, but the fact is their trailers are often too long for them to see all of the lane next to them. To avoid this, make sure you can always see the reflection of the truck’s cab in its rearview mirror because that’s the only way to be sure the driver can see you.

Report

Report any dangerous driving behaviors to the authorities. If the truck driver is putting other drivers in any immediate danger, call the police. Otherwise, most trucks have a number printed on the back for you to report on their driving. Don’t use your phone while driving, but if you have a passenger in the car with you, have them make the call.

Be Safe

Finally, follow the rules of the road. Don’t speed or use the shoulder or any other driving behaviors that are outside of the law. Following the rules of the road makes you a more predictable driver, and if truck drivers can predict where you’re going to be, they’re less likely to get in your way.

But accidents still happen, no matter how many precautions we take. Whether due to inclement weather or someone else’s negligence, if you’ve been injured in an accident with a truck, you need to contact a qualified personal injury lawyer today.

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Do I Have a Case for a Dog Bite Lawsuit?

dog biteAccording to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP) every year there are about 4.5 million incidents of dogs biting humans, and of those 4.5 million, about 20% become infected.

Missouri Law

The Missouri state law regarding a dog bite makes a dog’s owner liable for any injuries the dog inflicts on other people, regardless of whether the dog had a priory history of biting or attacking people. Even if the dog did have a history and the owner didn’t know about it, the owner is still liable for all damages related to a dog bite caused by their dog.

The law also specifies that someone who has been injured by a dog without having provoked the dog, and is behaving peacefully in an area where they have a legal right to be, is entitled to civil damages from the responsible party for the full amount of their injuries. This often includes, not just medical costs, but also lost wages and even pain and suffering, depending on the case.

Under Missouri law, if the person who was bitten by the dog has been found to be responsible in the incident (whether by provoking the dog and/or being on the owner’s property illegally), then the victim is responsible for a percentage of the damages according to their percentage of fault in the incident. This means, even if the victim is found to have had a role in causing the dog to bite them, they may still be entitled to damages.

Negligence

Dog owners who are negligent can also be held responsible for any injuries caused by their dog as a result of their negligence. Under negligence per se, a dog owner can be held liable when their dog injures someone as a result of the owner failing to abide by the appropriate laws and regulations. For example, most towns and cities have laws requiring all dogs to be kept on leashes when occupying public spaces. If an owner lets their dog off the leash and the dog attacks someone, even if the dog was provoked, the owner can still be held responsible for the injuries because they failed to abide by local laws and keep their dog on a leash.

Once you’ve established you have a case for a dog bite lawsuit, and that your injuries were a direct result of that bite, the first thing you need to do is to contact a personal injury lawyer to confirm you have a legitimate case against the dog’s owner. Then you should sit down with your attorney and come up with a list of expenses that directly resulted from the dog bite. These expenses may include things like medical bills, lost wages, permanent disability, expected future medical costs, rehabilitation, permanent scarring, and even pain and suffering. Emotional suffering is harder to quantify, but it is recognized by the court system as a legitimate claim for which you may be able to collect compensation.

It’s important to discuss this part with a qualified personal injury lawyer, because they can help you come up with expenses you may not have known you would be eligible to claim.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or some other type of accident, you need the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer.

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I Was Injured by a Drone – Who is Liable for the Damages?

injured by a droneCar drivers are normally held responsible when their car crashes into someone or something, but what about drones? Who should be held responsible when a drone crashes and causes damage or injury?

There are a lot of things that can cause a drone to crash. Aside from bad piloting, they can also be affected by adverse weather conditions, birds, power lines, and mechanical failures. But that doesn’t mean drone crashes are just freak accidents with no responsible party.

Recreational Drones

Unlike drivers, recreational drone pilots are not required by law to be licensed to pilot their drone, but they do have to be sure to abide by all the rules laid out by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). CASA rules apply to all unmanned, recreational aircraft, including kites, model airplanes, and drones. According to the CASA, recreational drones can be used only in daylight when there is good visibility, and they are required to stay within sight of the pilot. They are also required to stay at least 30 meters away from buildings, people, boats, and vehicles. They’re also supposed to stay away from airfields and heavily populated areas. Breaking any one (or more) of these rules can result in fines from the CASA, as well as a potential ruling of negligence, in which case they could be liable for any damage or injury caused by their drone.

In most cases, the person piloting the drone will be held responsible for any damage or injury, assuming you can prove they were negligent or made a mistake. That said, it’s rare for a drone hobbyist to have insurance on their drone, so even if you are able to take them to court and obtain a court ruling in your favor, they may not be able to pay for all the damages.

Commercial Drones

Commercial drones are another matter entirely. Pilots must be certified and licensed by the CASA in order to operate commercial drones weighing 2 kilograms or more. The commercial drones can travel out of the pilot’s line of sight, but only in areas that are controlled or restricted, and only if the pilot obtains special permission from the CASA.

Unlike recreational drones, where the pilot is normally the one responsible for any damage or injury caused by the drone, the owners are usually the responsible party when something goes wrong with a commercial drone. This is partly because pilots of recreational drones are usually also the owners, but it’s also because companies using drones for commercial purposes are responsible for hiring, training, and supervising drone pilots.

If you are hit by a commercial drone, the good news is that it’s more likely the company will be able to pay for the damages if you succeed in obtaining a settlement or court-ordered award from them. Most companies have public liability insurance, which would cover any damages caused by one of their drones.

If you have been injured by a drone in Illinois or Missouri, reach out to our law offices today and we can connect you with a qualified personal injury lawyer who will fight for your rights in court and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

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Motorcycle National Safety Month

motorcycle safetyMay is Motorcycle National Safety Month, and since more motorcycles tend to come out as the weather warms up, we thought we’d take this opportunity to let you know/remind you of a few key safety tips.

  • Drive defensively

Don’t speed, don’t drive on the shoulder, and don’t weave between lanes. Drivers are more distracted than ever these days and any of these aggressive riding behaviors will just put you in more danger and make it more likely you’ll end up in an accident. Be especially careful around intersections, even if you have right of way. Half of all collisions occur at intersections and playing chicken with a car is not a game you can risk losing.

Similarly, you should assume drivers cannot see you and be sure to avoid getting in their blind spot, especially for an extended period of time. Don’t forget you are smaller than the typical vehicle, which is what they’re looking for, and with rising distraction rates among drivers today, motorcycles in a car’s blind spot or zooming up behind them are at an increased risk of accident and injury.

  • Take safety courses

If you’re new to motorcycling, be sure to take a safety course so you’ll know all the best ways to keep yourself safe. If you used to go motorcycling years (or even decades) ago and have just recently taken it up again, take a refresher course. There are likely to be new tips and tricks you don’t know about and older ones you’ve forgotten.

  • Never drink and ride

This should go without saying, but it’s always worth repeating. You need all your wits about you when motorcycling and you need your reflexes to be as fast as they can be.

  • Gear up

Invest in anti-lock brakes and a good helmet, specifically a new helmet that fits you and has a DOT sticker, which indicates it meets all the safety standards required by law. Never buy a used helmet or wear a helmet that has been worn in a crash because helmets are useless after they’ve been involved in an accident. Motorcycle helmets saved an estimated 1,772 lives in 2015 and could have saved an additional 740 according to Injury Facts® 2017.

  • Practice makes perfect

Once you understand the concepts of riding your motorcycle safety, practice as often as you can, preferably in safe, low-traffic environments where you can adjust to your bike and learn the ins and outs of how it handles and how best to make it do what you want to do.

Avoid going long periods without riding your motorcycle, unless you’re determined to give it up for good. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 35% of all motorcycle fatalities in 2015 were those 50 years or older. Many of these are known as “re-entry riders,” meaning they motorcycled in their 20s, gave it up for a while, and decided to take it up again in their 40s, 50s, or 60s. Not only do these motorcyclists suffer from decreased abilities, but their motorcycle skills are rusty from lack of use and they face faster, more powerful motorcycles on roads with more traffic and drivers who are more distracted. If you’ve decided to take up motorcycling again after a long hiatus, be sure to consider long and hard before choosing a bike. Then take the time to get to know the bike and really put it through its paces before you go out on the highway.

Nevertheless, accidents can and do happen, even to those who take every precaution. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident, you’ll need the help of an experienced personal injury trial lawyer to get you the compensation you deserve.

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How to Prevent Dog Bites – What You Should & Should Not Do Around A Strange Dog

prevent dog bitesAccording to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), millions of people are bitten by dogs every year, and hundreds of thousands of patients end up in emergency rooms as a direct result of dog bites. Still, many cases are preventable, so we’ve come up with some tips for how you can reduce your risk of getting bitten by a dog.

Do:

Always ask the owner if it is OK to pet their dog before doing so. This is more than just a courtesy to the dog’s owner, this is to keep you safe. If they know their dog has a tendency to be aggressive, they’ll tell you and say it’s probably best if you not pet their dog.

If a stray dog approaches you, remain motionless. Let them come to you, rather than trying to make the first move. Slowly hold your hand out in a fist so the dog can sniff you first. If all goes well (and the owner says it’s OK) then you can pet the dog.

Say “No” or “Go away” firmly in a loud voice if a dog you don’t want to interact with approaches you. Using a firm, commanding tone of voice is more important than the words you use.

Learn the Language. Dogs have their own body language and things will go much more smoothly between the two of you if you learn what that language is. A dog that is wagging its tail and has its mouth open is safe to approach.

Mouth open is the not the same as baring teeth. Teeth baring and/or growling is a pretty clear indication that the dog wants you to stay away, especially if their tail is also sticking straight out behind them. A dog that has its mouth closed, head and tail lowered, and eyes locked on something is getting ready to attack – do not approach a dog in this position. Eye contact is also a sign of aggression, so try to avoid making eye contact with all strange dogs.

Don’t:

Approach a stray or unfamiliar dog. If you see a dog running about on its own and/or acting strangely, contact your local animal control to let them know about the dog. Include a physical description of the dog, as well as the location of where you last saw it.

Panic or run from a dog. That is a race you will not win, and both your panic (which they can sense) and your running could trigger the dog’s aggressive response.

Startle or disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating, caring for puppies, or has a toy. Some dogs are resource aggressive, which means if they have something (a toy or food) and you approach them, they may act aggressively out of fear that you’re going to try to take away whatever they have. If a dog you don’t know has something in its mouth, don’t try to get it out, even if it belongs to you. Let the dog’s owner handle it. If the dog is running about unsupervised, just let them have it (but still call the authorities and let them know there is a stray dog running around).

Let children play with dogs unsupervised. Children are more likely than adults to be bitten by a dog and their injuries tend to be more severe than when an adult suffers a dog bite. Children are curious and unaware of canine manners, so they’re more likely to do something that will upset the dog, such as pull its tail or one of its ears. Some dogs will react aggressively to this kind of treatment, so never let your children play with an unfamiliar dog without supervision.

That said, attacks still happen, even if you’ve taken all the precautions. That’s when you need an experienced personal injury trial lawyer, like the lawyers at Lieser Law Firm in St. Louis.

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I Was in An Accident in A Rental Car – Who Is Liable for Damages?

accident in a rental carSummer is well on its way, which means we’re approaching road trip season. Whether you’re taking your own car on the road or flying into another city where you’ll be renting a car, the chances that you’ll be involved in a car accident with a rental car tend to increase over the summer.

Whether you’re in the rental car or the other driver is in the rental car, the basic rules of the road still apply: the driver who caused the accident is responsible for covering all damages, including any medical bills if one or more people were injured in the car crash. If you’re driving a rental car, you have a few insurance options:

  • Your regular insurance could cover the rental car while you’re driving it;
  • You can buy car insurance through the rental company (although this usually involves just the bare minimum of coverage, which means it will max out soon if you have to rely on it in a crash);
  • The credit card used to pay for the car rental can also provide insurance on the rental car (although, again, it’s usually minimal coverage, often covering just collision insurance, which will pay for damages to one or both cars, but won’t cover medical costs, lost income, or pain and suffering); or
  • If the driver who caused the accident is not the one driving a rental car, then their normal car insurance will pay for the damages, up to their policy’s limit.

In some cases, you might be able to combine some of these coverage options if one policy is not enough to cover the damages of the car crash – medical bills in particular have a tendency to skyrocket, especially when injuries are severe.

Finally, if you are not at fault for the accident, but the driver who is doesn’t have insurance or doesn’t have enough insurance to cover the costs of the accident, then your insurance policy’s uninsured/underinsured coverage will kick in (assuming you have uninsured/underinsured coverage through your vehicle insurance provider).

There are a few exceptions to this rule. For example, if the crash was caused by a malfunction of the rental car because the rental company failed to properly maintain the vehicle, then the rental company would be responsible for reimbursing everyone involved for all damages, including replacing or repairing the rental car, repairing the other car, as well as all medical bills if injuries were sustained as a result of the crash.

But that only holds if you can prove the rental company was negligent in caring for the vehicle and that the defect directly caused the accident, or made the effects of the car crash worse. You also need to be able to prove that the rental company knew about the defect and was negligent in addressing the issue, which can be difficult to prove. Often it comes down to what you say vs. what the rental company says.

Regardless of whether you were at fault, if you or a loved one sustained an injury in a car crash involving a rental car, you need a competent personal injury attorney on your side. The lawyers at Lieser Law Firm will represent your interests and make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

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The Truth About Pit Bulls

Pit bullsThe first thing to understand is that an American Pit Bull Terrier is a specific breed, but that the term “pit bull” is often used to cover a vast array of breeds, and in fact, many dogs labeled “pit bulls” are actually mutts with a wide and varied pedigree. This is why it’s so important to judge dogs by their individual personalities and behavior, rather than their label. Not only are pit bulls capable of being perfectly sweet and affectionate dogs, but when mixed with other breeds, you never know what personality traits from which breed the dog will end up with.

They Don’t Have Locking Jaws

A rumor has been spread that pit bulls have jaws that will lock shut when biting their prey or target. In fact, a pit bull’s jaw is structured much like any other dog’s jaw. That said, pit bulls are not only strong, but also notoriously stubborn, which could explain how this “locking jaw” rumor got started. Their tenacious nature is more likely to be the true cause of the unlikelihood that they’ll let go of anything once they’ve managed to get hold of it.

They Are Not More Likely Than Other Dogs to Bite

As for the common misconception that pit bulls are more prone to biting than other dogs, that’s also false according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. Controlled studies have found that pit bulls are no more dangerous than other breeds.

While reports of dog bites do sometimes indicate a higher rate of bites from pit bulls, there are a few reasons to take these numbers with a big grain of salt, including the issue mentioned above: not all dogs labeled “pit bulls” are actually pit bulls. That means a dog of another breed could have bitten someone and they reported it as being a pit bull. Second, minor dog bites that don’t require medical attention often go unreported, especially bites from small dogs and puppies – that said, you should always report a dog bite, however minor. If the dog has rabies or the would gets infected, you’ll want the owners information and the number of an excellent personal injury attorney.

It’s the Human, Not the Dog, That’s the Problem

Ask just about any dog trainer, veterinarian, or animal rescue professional, and they’ll all say the same thing: a dog’s breed doesn’t matter nearly as much as how it’s handled. Just like humans can be raised to be aggressive and violent, or calm and empathetic, dogs can be raised to attack each other (and/or people) or they can be raised to be gentle, loving dogs that can be a great addition to any family. This is why we hold the humans accountable when a dog bites and why a good personal injury attorney will fight to make sure they pay for the damages their dog inflicted.

They Love People

Pit bulls that have been properly raised can actually be among the most affectionate dog breeds, beating out beagles, golden retrievers, and corgis in terms of their need for cuddles. Pit bulls are also very eager to please, which can make them easy to train, despite their stubborn nature.

In fact, their eagerness to please can be a detriment when they fall into the wrong hands. A pit bull that is encouraged to fight other dogs or attack people will do just that if their human rewards them for such aggressive behavior. This is why it’s so important to hold owners and handlers accountable when a dog does bite someone. If you’ve recently been bitten – by any breed – call us today to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

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What Do I Do if I’m in a Car Accident in Another State?

car accident in another stateWhen driving in states other than your home state, you are required to abide by the traffic and insurance laws of that state – not just the state in which you live and buy insurance. While all 50 states require drivers to carry vehicle insurance, some of the specifics, as far as the types and levels of insurance required, vary from state to state. For example, most states require you to carry uninsured/underinsured driver’s insurance to cover any expenses caused by a driver who either doesn’t have insurance, or has the minimum amount of insurance coverage to remain compliant with the law, but isn’t enough to cover the damages incurred in the accident.

That said, not all states require this extra level of protection, although all insurance companies offer it and some even require you to purchase it in order to obtain any coverage. If your state is one that does not require uninsured/underinsured driver’s insurance, but the state you’re traveling to does, make sure you have the proper coverage before you go on your trip.

But what if you’ve already gotten into a car accident in another state? Hopefully you’ve already taken care of everything mentioned above. If not, it’s still good to check, even after the accident, especially if the other driver doesn’t have insurance or doesn’t have enough to cover the costs of the damage. Regardless, you should follow many of the same steps you would follow if you were in an accident in your own state:

  • Exchange insurance information with the other driver, even if everything seems fine. Better to have it and not need it than to find out later they did serious damage to you, your vehicle, or one of your passengers, and not have a way to reach them (keep in mind many car crash injuries don’t manifest right away, especially internal injuries). If they don’t have insurance, get their contact information. You should also take a photo of their driver’s license and insurance card.
  • Exchange information with any witnesses to the accident. Ask for their names, addresses, and phone numbers so you can contact them in the event of a dispute. If you or one of your passengers was hurt, you’ll need to call a personal injury attorney, and they will also want to talk to any witnesses. Your insurance carrier might also want their contact information so they can question them before resolving your claim.
  • Call the police. You should always call the police right away any time you’re involved in an accident, regardless of the amount of damage done. It’s always a good idea to file a police report so you have a third-party account of the incident. If someone was hurt, call for medical assistance – if they were seriously hurt, call 911 and tell them you need an ambulance. Once the immediate emergency has been handled, call a personal injury attorney right away to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.
  • Notify your insurance carrier as soon as possible. If one or more other drivers were involved, your insurance carrier can contact their insurance carriers to determine who was responsible and which company will cover what damages.

Finally, if you or one of your passengers was injured as a result of the car accident, contact a personal injury attorney today. We’ll defend your rights and make sure you’re properly compensated for all the damages you incurred.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or some other type of accident, you need the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer.

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Beyond Whiplash: Other Neck Injuries You Might Experience After a Car Crash

neck injuriesMost of us are familiar with whiplash. It’s a common term used to describe a neck injury, usually as a result of a car crash. The tendons and ligaments in the neck can be strained after a sharp jerking motion either forwards or backwards, but it’s not the only neck injury a car crash can inflict. Below are some common neck injuries, other than whiplash, you may not be aware could be caused by a car crash.

Bone Fractures

Broken bones are always a risk in car crashes, and the bones in and around the neck can be particularly vulnerable to fractures and breaks, depending on the severity of the car crash, where the person was sitting relative to the impact, whether they were wearing their seatbelt, etc. Fractures and breaks to bones in the head and face, as well as the collarbone, are all unfortunately common in car crashes.

Disc Injuries

The neck, along with the rest of the spine, is made up of a series of discs, one or more of which can be shoved out of alignment as a result of the excessive force that can result from a car crash. Discs that are bulging, slipped, herniated, or ruptured can be extremely painful and even impair movement. These back and neck injuries often need surgery to correct, which comes with its own risks, not to mention costs.

Acute Mechanical Back and Neck Pain

In addition to the spinal discs, the joints, vertebrae, and soft tissue around them (such as the muscles, tendons and ligaments that help keep the neck and back upright) are all subject to damage in a car crash. These can lead to musculoskeletal injuries, which can be extremely painful, limit movement and quality of life, and could end up requiring surgery to correct.

Symptoms

It’s important to remember that just because you feel fine immediately after a car crash doesn’t mean you haven’t been injured. Some back and neck injuries can take days to manifest, so if you experience any of the following symptoms in the days following a car crash, don’t hesitate to contact your doctor, and be sure to mention the car crash when describing your symptoms.

  • Pain in the neck, back, shoulders, and/or head
  • Pain that gets worse with physical activity or movement
  • Limited range of motion
  • A grinding feeling and/or sound when you try to move that part of your body
  • A bump or a raised or misshapen area on or near the injury
  • Bruising, redness and/or swelling on the injury or the surrounding area

Be sure to document any symptoms or strange or unusual sensations you might have shortly after being in a car accident. Keep a journal where you keep track of all these sensations and whether they move or change in any way, especially if they get worse. Most of all, seeing a doctor as soon as possible is of the utmost importance so you can be sure to treat the injury (or injuries) as quickly and efficiently as possible, rather than waiting until they’re out of control.

Your next phone call should be to a qualified personal injury attorney who can help make sure you are properly compensated, not only for your medical bills, but for the costs of the pain and suffering you incurred as a direct result of the car crash. Someone was at fault and we can help hold them responsible.

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Head and Neck Injuries Not Caused by Impact

Head and Neck InjuriesMost of us get concerned (and rightly so) when someone hits their head. Head injuries can be very serious, and all too often they’re more serious than we first realize. Oftentimes, the symptoms aren’t recognized or don’t appear until some time has passed after the incident.

Nevertheless, there are a number of injuries that the head and neck can sustain without suffering any kind of impact. We’ve listed just a few of those possibilities below:

Whiplash

Most people have heard of whiplash. It’s caused by coming to a sudden stop faster than your body can adjust. Your head gets thrown forward, and then back against the headrest – which is why it’s so important to always make sure you have a headrest in the right position for your head. If your car gets hit from behind, your head might just get thrown backward against the headrest. In either case, there’s always the danger of straining your neck by instinctively trying too hard to keep your head upright, despite the sudden forward and/or backward motion.

In minor cases, whiplash may only cause damage to the muscle and may heal on its own with some rest, painkillers, heat, and stretches. In more serious cases, the discs of the neck and/or the ligament around the discs may have been damaged, which might require more specialized treatment.

Anoxia

Anoxia happens when the brain is deprived of oxygen, and there are a few different things that can cause it. Suffocation or drowning, even if it’s not long enough to kill a person, could be sustained long enough to inflict serious brain damage.

Likewise, certain toxins in the bloodstream can prevent the brain from being able to access the oxygen in the blood. So even if blood is being pumped to the brain, the brain’s inability to use the oxygen contained in the blood can cause a head injury.

Hypoxia

A hypoxic injury results when the brain receives some, but not enough oxygen. This can happen when a person’s blood flow or blood pressure are reduced to dangerous levels.

Toxins

Toxins in the blood stream, whether found in drugs or resulting from a specific combination of drugs, can sometimes cause one of the above types of head injuries. Even drugs deemed safe might cause problems for someone who has a unique reaction to the substance and/or one of its ingredients.

This is why it’s so important to talk to your doctor about any potential side effects when starting a new medication. Be sure to tell them about any other medications or supplements you’re taking so they can make sure you’re not mixing substances that should never be taken together. You should also always be careful to read the instructions of each supplement and medication you’re taking to minimize the chances of having a bad reaction. Note whether the medication should be taken with or without food, and if there are any other drugs (such as caffeine or alcohol) that you need to be careful to avoid while taking the medication.

Internal Damage

Finally, don’t forget that a brain can sustain damage as a result of things happening internally. Strokes, tumors, and certain diseases (especially degenerative diseases) can all affect brain function. If someone you know has been acting out of character recently, take note of their symptoms and speak to a medical professional about possible causes. If the symptoms persist, the person will have to go in for a diagnosis, but keep an eye on them in the mean time to make sure they don’t get any worse.

If you or someone you know has suffered a head injury as a result of someone’s abuse or neglect, contact a personal injury attorney right away. If someone is at fault for the damage, you could be eligible to receive compensation, but first you’ll need to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney to discuss the circumstances of the injury and whether you have a case.

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or some other type of accident, you need the advice of an experienced personal injury lawyer.

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