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Symptoms from brain injuries can sometimes develop slowly

When you get into an accident that involves blunt trauma, rocking, shaking or falling, there's always the potential for a traumatic brain injury. Your brain can sustain damage due to rapid movement, pressure or trauma or impact after falling.

Because your brain is trapped inside the protection of your skull, if swelling happens, there's nowhere for tissue to go. Increasing damage and symptoms can be the end result of these kinds of brain injuries.

Statue of limitations and why it is important to your case

Imagine having a car accident in Portland with a negligent driver. Everything points to the other driver as the cause of the accident. Even the police report indicates that he was at fault. Despite what you consider to be solid evidence of the circumstances, the other driver's insurance company has been completely uncooperative in offering a fair settlement for your injuries and the damage to your vehicle that resulted from the car accident.

It is time to take the next step toward getting the compensation you deserve, so you decide to file a lawsuit against the driver in a Maine court. When you choose to file a claim in court, it is imperative that you do so within the state's statute of limitations. If you do not file with the prescribed time period, the court may throw out your claim and you may never recover your losses. After you have suffered an injury or property damage due to someone else's negligence, one of the first things you should do is discover as much as possible about time limitations for filing. Read further for more information on Maine's statute of limitation laws.

Always report a slip-and-fall accident when it happens

One moment, you're walking through the lobby of a business or through the aisles of a store. Suddenly, your feet lose their grip and you find yourself flat on your back. You may experience a moment of panic, when you can't breathe because the impact has forced the air from your lungs. You could see stars or even lose consciousness for a few seconds.

You realize people are staring at you, maybe trying to help you up. Your instinct may be to feel embarrassed and quickly keep moving. However, doing so could prove to be a serious mistake, even if you don't notice injuries right away.

Commercial vehicle accidents carry extra risks for drivers

Not so long ago, a lot of freight was carried via railroad. These days, most products are transported using commercial vehicles on public roads. Combine that with a boom in online sales and thus product delivery, and you have roadways clogged with far more commercial vehicles than in the past. Those commercial vehicles can contribute to a number of issues, including slower flow of traffic during peak travel hours and increased environmental pollution. They can also cause very serious traffic accidents when they collide with smaller vehicles, often resulting in major injuries or even death.

As a driver on the road, you're probably well aware of the risks posed by commercial vehicles. When you see a bus, delivery vehicle or semi-truck, you probably give it a wide berth and make sure to stay out of its blind spots. Sadly, with so many commercial vehicles on the road, it's inevitable that even with defensive driving and careful attention, some drivers are ending up in accidents with these larger vehicles. In recent years, injuries and fatalities as a result of commercial crashes have increased. That means that the risk is higher than ever for a serious accident involving a commercial vehicle.

Car accidents can cause several types of injuries

As you and your family are driving home from a movie, you feel a sudden impact to your SUV. You realize that another vehicle slammed into you. Your immediate concern is for your children. You start to evaluate the scene. Your entire family is shaken up and you notice that there are injuries.

You need to call 911 to get the police department and paramedics to the scene. Everyone who was in your vehicle has to be taken to the hospital. You aren't sure what the extent of the injuries are yet. These are some of the most common injuries a person might face in a car crash.

Can you trust your doctor to keep your records confidential?

Imagine that you and your therapist travel in the same social circles. You know that there is a patient confidentiality requirement that she has to follow. This is why you were surprised when a mutual friend started asking about situations that you had discussed solely with your therapist. The purpose of the confidentiality standard is to encourage open dialogue between patients and their doctors or therapists.

A violation of the doctor-patient confidentiality relationship is a form of malpractice. This means that you can take legal action against your doctor for sharing personal information without your permission. An attorney in the Portland area with medical malpractice experience can help you pursue a claim against your doctor. Read further for more information on doctor-patient confidentiality.

Slip-and-fall accidents can be expensive for victims

When you slip and fall while trying to navigate an icy Maine parking lot or a slippery, wet foyer, you stand a real risk of serious injury. Every year, more than a million people in the United States end up in emergency rooms in need of medical care due to a slip-and-fall accident.

There are laws in place to protect consumers against injuries caused by negligent property owners and property managers. These laws create what is called premises liability regarding injuries that occur on a premises.

The top 10 causes of car accidents in 2016

Every single year, according to The Association for Safe International Road Travel, over 37,000 Americans die in car accidents and around 2 million are hurt or disabled. The numbers are astounding, and it's critical to look at the reasons these crashes happen. Below are 10 of the main causes:

Are commercial vehicle accidents increasing?

You probably heard about the tragic accident on the Maine Turnpike that claimed the lives of a five-year-old boy and a 57-year-old man in November. In an article that just appeared in the Portland Press Herald, it was revealed that the truck driver who caused the accident was not permitted to drive across state lines due to being an insulin-dependent diabetic.

While this specific medical condition may not have been a factor in this crash, it's certainly cause for concern. Are the roads more dangerous than they used to be? 

Landlord Sentenced, but Wrongful Death Suits Continue

The repercussions of the Nov. 1, 2014 fire that killed six people continue to unfold in court. The deadliest house fire in 40 years has multiple cases in the courts. The most recent is the December 1, 2016 sentencing of house owner Gregory Nisbet to 90 days in jail and the maximum $1000 fine for failing to uphold safety codes where a third floor window of the duplex was too small to qualify for a emergency escape route for three victims who died.

While Nesbit was cleared of manslaughter charges, he was charged with a misdemeanor building code violation -- testimony in the case indicated that Nisbet knew about the code violation but didn't do anything about it. This is the first time that a landlord has gone to jail in Maine for a safety code violation, and it sets a precedent that will resonate through the state's legal system. It also concludes the criminal charges surrounding the fire.

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