Doctors Were Stumped Till Now on Treatment of TBI?

New methods used by doctors like this to care for brains

Doctors finally have a chance to treat brain injury.

It is quite a satisfying thought when you imagine that your doctors know everything. In most cases, yes, our doctors know everything. But there are a few things that they don’t have the best information for and in this case had been somewhat stumped. Brain injuries are one of those many things that doctors are not able to say much about when they are posed with deep questions.

The Black Box?

David Ryser, who takes care of Intermountain Medical Center Neuro-Specialty Rehabilitation Unit in Murry as a medical director, has used the term “black box” when defining the practice of various clinicians when it comes to rehabilitation for patients with brain injuries.

He says that you will hear the clinicians say that rehabilitation has worked for a patient, but according to him this information is not enough. There is a lot of stuff hiding underneath that term that cannot be answered specifically. The biggest problem for researchers has been to find out that exact process amongst hundreds of processes going on as part of the rehabilitation and say that this process has worked.

Enter Practice Based Evidence

A big research project was started seven years back by professor of biomedical informatics at the University of Utah, namely Susan Horn, and David Ryser. Susan Horn is also known for giving rise to “practice based evidence.” The study was published two months ago from now and 2000 subjects were part of the research. These subjects were scattered around 10 rehab centers in various regions.

The rehab centers that were included in the study were not only in the US but Canada too. One of those patients was Greg Nordfelt who had been a great motorcyclist in Salt Lake. He is a banker and is 53 years of age right now. Having a bad stomach one day, Greg fell off his Harley Davidson in Idaho and because of injuries to his skull and left brain, his life stopped right there.

Intermountain Medical Center was the place where he was brought after his accident and in addition to the brain injury, he had also received serious injuries to his legs. Greg tells by recalling that the first thing he did when he was brought to his senses after two weeks of being on the bed unconscious was follow the instructions of the staff at the center for therapy. He received immediate physical therapy in addition to occupational and speech therapy. He went through several processes just like any other patient like him does.

  • The Butterfly Puzzle Example of Success

He recalls being given a puzzle of just 4 pieces. When you joined all the pieces of the puzzle together it was a butterfly. He recalls this incident and cries with tears when he explains that he could not put such a simple piece of puzzle together for so long. Finally, when he was able to put the pieces together, he had found out that it was a butterfly. However, it was even more shocking for him when he could not tell the doctors what he was seeing on the completed puzzle – a butterfly.

  • 50,000 TBI Deaths Per Year

Traumatic brain injuries are a huge problem for the country because 50,000 deaths in just one year in 2010 is not something to be taken for granted. (Read more.) According to several experts from CDC, it was suggested that more studies be conducted so all the things that had been missing in the previous studies or were not answered could be answered. The health effects of traumatic brain injuries are many including physical, cognitive and mental. These effects may change completely from one patient to another.

The Many Factors Involved in TBI Treatment

Why it is nearly impossible to pinpoint the working factors in a rehab is because of hundreds of factors involved in it. Think about the factors that make one patient different from another patient: his age when he received brain injury, the intensity of the impact, the damages of the brain injury, the treatments he is receiving etc. Horn explains the question about rehabilitation by saying that when you ask this question the person who is supposed to answer is clueless.

The answerer just thinks that it is impossible to pinpoint one thing out of hundreds and thousands. He said that practice based evidence might be the only thing that could allow clinicians to answer such questions. He said that using practice based evidence is more about collecting loads of data about the rehabilitation of patients while working on all of them together.

After collecting the data the modern statistical techniques are used in order to find out the most effective processes. Nordfelt was one of the many patients who went through therapy and rehabilitation after brain injury and every dot of the information about their rehabilitation was jotted down.

They were keeping records of everything that he was going through from his speech therapy hours to the type of food he was being given through tubes. 1000 clinicians produced notes and records about sessions that amounted to a total of 350,000. This was huge data and such large amount of data was never produced in the past for rehabilitation of brain injury patients.

The study was summarized on 14 papers and according to the main points mentioned in its published version

  • The time interval between the injury and rehabilitation should be as small as possible for the best results. According to Ryser, his team is always in touch with the ICU to get the patients admitted to rehabilitation as soon as possible.
  • Intensity of the therapy was given higher priority and preference than its length and amount. Most of the patients are taught to sit up and move around on the bed only. Such practices help the patients recover faster from their cognitive and motor related troubles.
  • It was also deduced that feeding tubes play a huge role in the fast recovery of the patient. According to Ryser, taking care of feeding tubes is often a troubling task for the staff but it was proved that it mattered a lot. It was mentioned in the report that providing diet that was high on proteins really helped the patient a lot and at least 25% of the total diet during their entire stay should be composed of such high protein diet.

While such studies can really change how the patients with severe brain injuries are treated, they are not easy to conduct due to several limitations. The biggest limitation to such researches and studies is of the finances. Just for this particular study it cost nearly $7 million that was raised through grants. Another limitation to the study is how hard it is.

The study is not easy and so only serious professionals could conduct such a thorough study again. Nordfelt is very thankful to the staff of Intermountain and from the fact that he was dealt by Intermountain in just the right way that worked for him. He said that Intermountain and similar rehabilitation centers should be appreciated to work with more aggression on their patients because he feels that he was given his life back only because of Intermountain’s aggressive and quick efforts.

Nordfelt has now volunteered at Intermountain with his wife and he says he will not leave any opportunity of giving back to the institution that did so much for him. Ryser says that after such a study and its results, practice based evidence has finally received some recognition that it deserved.

He said that brain injury and psychiatry related rehabilitations are the places where practice based evidence is the only way to analyze data and reach a result whereas randomized controlled trials have not helped much in these cases. Horn said that NIH has always been reluctant in accepting practice based evidence but things might change in future.

According to Horn, they will be compelled to accept practice based evidence because randomized controlled trials have produced the same information over and over and they might not be left with any other option than accepting practice based evidence as the effective way of researching.

Orwell Was Right About Mind Control?

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Electro magnetic brain control?

New research released this month could have large effects on how the future is written. For a long time, non-fiction and fiction writers like George Orwell have warned against subliminal and unconscious efforts to manipulate people’s opinions. Now, according to one study, the use of magnetic waves could create artificial thoughts and decisions.

The Government Can Use Magnetic Waves to Control Your Brain?

The UK Express reported on the amazing developments. The experiment included the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, in order to change the subjects’ though processes. In the results released, the patients changed their beliefs in God and how to treat migrants flowing into Europe. The experiments centered around the posterior medial frontal cortex.

The results were simply stunning. Even after being reminded of the effects of death, which often result in people turning to religion, the respondents still reported lower faith after undergoing the experimental treatment.

The results were published in the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, and this appears to be one of the first major successful attempts to sway people’s thinking.

Israelis Can Even Control Maternal Instincts?

This followed a similar study conducted by Israeli scientists, covered by the UK Daily Mail. In this study, researchers pinpointed a part of the brain that helped control maternal instincts. They also believed that the same region could control aggression and other hard wired parts of the brain. Science Daily reported on an effort that resulted in the part of the brain that controls dreams to be shut off. No matter how you look at it, these technologies are growing very rapidly.

  • Can this Technology Be Misused?

There are safeguards in place in labs, universities, and among governments to avoid the misuse of such technology. However, the imperfect nature of these systems and human nature make it clear that eventually this type of treatment could fall into the wrong hands and expanded. Scientists have just one shot at opening Pandora’s box. They’d better be sure they want to find out what’s inside.

Civil Libertarians like attorney Michael Ehline have been warning parents about state run mind control programs like Common Core, and the forced unionization of public school teachers for years. “The similarities between post Weimar Germany and the modern U.S. education system are strikingly similar,” says Ehline.

Ehline went on to state that “scientific mind control was probably unnecessary, as the march towards socialism and total state control over our lives is already moving at light speed” since the election of president Obama. It appears that the only thing standing in the way of the total Nazification of America and other countries are those voices in the desert calling for a return to a Constitutional Republic. However, many Progressives and Statists would argue that people need to be controlled by government for the greater good. What is your opinion? Sound off.

Is Liability over Shootings for Gun Stores a Future Trend?

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Woman fighting for your right of self defense.

This week’s groundbreaking case regarding gun purchases and liability could create large changes in the practice and litigation of selling firearms. Considering the six million dollar price tag a court found against Milwaukee’s Badger Guns, other stores may find themselves on the wrong side of civil penalties. This case came about after the store sold a handgun that was used as a straw purchase. The gun was later used to shoot two police officers.

The Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, or PLCAA, was signed in 2005. So far, there have been just two similar suits filed: this one and an unsuccessful one in Alaska earlier this year. This act was intended to shield gun store owners from liability in case of accidental or intentional misuse of the weapons.

What Experts Say About the New Anti Gun Lawsuit Victory

The Christian Science Monitor recently reviewed the chances that the Milwaukee case was going to spark a larger wave of similar liability suits against other gun dealerships. Some experts believe that the effect will be minimal, but others see it as part of a growing trend to target firearms dealers.

  • Regulations Already Shut Down the Guns Shops in San Francisco

ABC News reported on the last firearms store in San Francisco closing its doors after rampant regulation. Its closure ended what had been part of California’s previously lax gun restrictions of the middle Twentieth Century. The straw that broke the camel’s back was a proposed Orwellian bill that called for the store to “video record every gun sale and submit a weekly report of ammunition sales to the police.” (Sieg Heil) For the owners, enough was enough. Seeing similar restrictions across the Golden State, one less available source of firearms and ammunition is now standing.

Is Your Local Gun Store a Target for Injury Attorneys?

In the post-Badger Guns suit era, it appears that gun owners should be on notice that their neighborhood stores could be targeted for lawsuits intending to close them down. Furthermore, store owners could be held liable in ways that would not have been conceivable just several years ago. These factors tend to support diligence among the Second Amendment community and will hopefully lead to responsible use drowning out the potential for more suits filed.

Not Wearing a Helmet Can Mean Disaster in Court

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California is one of the few states that have universal helmet law implemented in them. What this means is that you have to wear a helmet whether you are the one in control of your motorcycle or a passenger sitting behind the driver. Failure to do so could mean the loss of value compensatory damages, not just the loss of a life or the health of the accident victim.

In addition to that, in some states you have to wear a helmet on a motorcycle and a bicycle, especially if the cyclist is a child. In other states, you might be required to wear a helmet only when the vehicle is motorized, but that’s not the case with California where you have to wear helmet regardless. It is still quite surprising that many states have chosen not to make helmets necessary in all cases despite their many benefits.

What Protections Do Motorcycle Helmets Offer?

Before we get into the explanation of whether helmets offer any protection or not, we must not forget the fact that California implemented the universal helmet law in 1992 and just a year later the state saw 37% drop in the number deaths caused by motorcycle accidents. It is also known that riders of motorcycles, whether passengers or drivers, receive 69% fewer head injuries when they are wearing helmets. If you are riding a motorcycle and not wearing a helmet, you could end up with a fine.

You Must Wear The Helmets That Meet The Standards

The standards that your helmets must meet are called DOT standards. DOT stands for Department of Transportation. When buying a helmet, you must look for the sticker that stays that your helmet meets the DOT standards. Here is what’s included in these standards:

  • At minimum you must have a helmet that has a 1-inch liner on its inside. Polystyrene is the primary material that the inner liner should be made of.
  • There should be a chin strap on your helmet. Rivets should be used to attach the straps with the helmet to provide maximum protection. Rivets should be solid.
  • The weight of your helmet should be close to 3lbs.
  • The shell of the helmet must keep your entire head area inside it in such a way that no part of your head under the helmet should be out of it by more than two-tenths of an inch.

Only helmets that meet these standards should be worn by motorcycle riders in California in order to avoid fine from traffic police. These guidelines have been issued because helmets that meet these standards are proven to offer maximum protection to the motorcycle and bicycle riders.

What If You Are Not Wearing A Helmet And Have An Accident?

There can be a scenario when you get involved in an accident and are not wearing a helmet. Of course, if you are not wearing a helmet it will be assumed that you chose to not wear. However, the important thing to know here is that your lawyers can always prove that you wearing or not wearing the helmet have no effect on the damages that the accident has caused. In short, you should still get compensated in the same way as a person with a helmet would be compensated in a similar case.

If you have received a head injury, the first thing that will be examined is the severity of the head injury. A severe head injury could disable you or cause many other emotional, physical or mental damages that will remain you permanently. After examining the severity of the injuries it is estimated how much compensation you will receive for the negligence of the party.

Why you will receive the compensation is because the fact that you were not wearing helmet does not make the negligent party innocent i.e. they were still at fault and it was their negligence that caused the accident.

Whether you are wearing a helmet or not, you will still receive compensation for the following damages done to you if the other party is at fault in an accident:

  • You will receive compensation for all the medical costs. You will be hospitalized right after the accident, you might need permanent care at home, you will have to buy medicines, and a therapist might be needed for you for some time too. All these expenses will be compensated including the cost of your stay at the hospital.
  • When you receive a head injury and other physical damages, you will not be able to join your duty straight away. In fact, severe head injuries might cost you your job. This is loss of income and has to be compensated by the negligent party. You will be compensated based on how much you were earning before the accident and how much you are capable of earning after the accident.
  • Panic attacks, stress, anger and other forms of mental persecutions are also to be compensated in an automobile accident.
  • Of course, when you are physically injured you will have to go through severe pain and agony. You can get compensated. But when your state has helmet laws, like California, you will be liable for your own negligence and have your recovery offset by your degree of fault for your head injury, for example. This can kill a pain and suffering claim as well in some cases with an unsympathetic jury. You must make sure that you received all you are owed due to the accident, and that your lawyer is the one to prove it.
  • Loss of consortium is another thing that could be brought into the equation. When you are injured your spouse suffers the loss of love. Your sexual relation with your spouse could also get affected badly.

The case can get only slightly difficult in the case that you were not wearing a helmet. But, as mentioned above, it does not free the negligent party from its fault.

Contact With The Right Lawyers

In order to receive compensation for all the losses and damages that result from an accident, you need to have a seasoned lawyer on your side. Such a lawyer will get you the compensation before even letting the case go in the court. Ehline Law Firm PC is always there to help you with any vehicle related accident cases. It is not your job to think whether you will receive any compensation or not because you were not wearing helmet. Get the first free consultation with Ehline Lawyers and you will be guided with care so you can be solaced for your pain and suffering.

Risks of TBI Higher for Energy Drinkers?

Human Brain Handcuffed

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Things you think you take for your benefit can sometimes turn out to be things that are not so great for your health. It is not easy to accept the facts when you have become used to eating or drinking something. Who would have thought that energy drinks would be connected to traumatic brain injuries in people? The recent study has come off as a huge shock for drinkers of energy drinks and companies that make them. However, the case is not that serious right now since the connection seems very weak and indirect.

The likelihood of having energy drinks in people with traumatic brain injuries was reported to be much higher as compared to the likelihood of energy drinks in people who did not have brain injury. It was reported to be 7 times higher in people with traumatic brain injury, which is quite a big number. The study was conducted on teenagers and it was found out that teens with brain injury had had at least 5 energy drinks in a span of just one week. This particular study got published in the famous journal that goes by the name of PLOS One.

The basic study that was taken into consideration to come up with these findings was actually conducted in 2013. In that particular study there were a little more than 10,000 students that became part of the study. The students that participated in the study in 2013 were from grades 7 to 12. The likelihood of having energy drinks in teens that had received a traumatic brain injury in the past year was two times higher. Furthermore, it was observed that these teens did not take only energy drinks but had resorted to a mixture of energy drink with alcohol.

The same study was conducted for students that were involved in some sort of sport. These students showed a double figure on the likelihood of having energy drinks in the past year. Their double figures were in comparison to other students who had also received traumatic brain injuries but because of scuffles, fights and other accidents. Gabriela Ilie works at St. Michael’s Hospital and take care of the division of Neurosurgery and Injury Prevention Research Office, and is the author of this study. She stated that sports came out as the common factor when the study took traumatic brain injuries and energy drinks into consideration.

Gabriela pointed out an important point referring to the marketing campaigns that are often conducted by the makers of the energy drinks. She thinks that these campaigns are often associated with sports and they are often sponsoring sports events as well. What this means is that energy drinks attract teens to play sports and their association with sports makes teens drink more. Gabriela pointed out that the use of energy drinks and alcohol in teens is not a matter that should be taken for granted. She even talked about a research that showed that drinking coffee could easily prohibit people from realizing the effects of their alcohol use.

She also pointed out that fact that teens taking energy drinks as a mixture with alcohol are causing a huge damage to their health. The effects of energy drinks might not be big on their bodies but when they combine energy drink with alcohol, the effects are formidable to their brains. She even said that the effects of combining alcohol with energy drinks are not just physical but also emotional in nature. Gabriela also brought our attention to the fact that the brains of people are still in the development stage between 20 and 30 years of age.

Gabriela clarified that it is still not that easy to clearly say that there is a connection between traumatic brain injuries and energy drinks. She said that in order to have a strong conclusion on the matter, we need to perform more experiments and studies on the effects of energy drinks on the brain since the information available right now is very small. According to the recent studies conducted by the most reliable sources, 50% of the teens prefer to go for an energy drink instead of having a cola or soda drink.

The trend of having energy drinks in the young generation is quite high in the US and this is why it is expected that the energy drink industry is going to have a huge boost in the coming times. According to an estimate, within 5 years the energy drink making companies will be making roughly $27 billion every year. By the end of 5 years the market of energy drinks would have grown by 11% easily. However, this was only one side of the story. On the other side we have people representing beverage industry. One group, called the American Beverage Association, has commented on the issue.

The officials from the association have said that it would be against the facts to say that there is any connection between traumatic brain surgeries and the energy drinks. They also said that there is no indication within the study conducted that there are any harmful effects of the energy drinks per se. During the comments they also quoted the EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) by saying that this authority has conducted the necessary checkups on the energy drinks and declared these drinks fully safe. They even said that their drinks contain much less caffeine than there is in a cup of coffee that people drink usually.

The officials from the association also said that beverage companies take all the measures they can to ensure that their ingredients and drinks meet the standards set by the federal bodies. On the other hand, Gabriela is of the view that the effects, positive and negative both, are not fully known about energy drinks. While it won’t be right to say that these drinks cause any bad effects on people’s health, it is equally the responsibility of the companies to not associate these drinks particularly with sports.

My Cousin Vinny: A Realistic Legal Perspective

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In both law school, and at the Inns of Court, I personally saw this movie used as an illustration of both proper and  improper procedural and substantive issues. Believe it or not, in some instances, Joe Pesci may know more about the legal system than many attorneys. The 1992 comedy film includes a lot more legal minds and concepts than a mere city, small town attorneys, witnesses and victims in the Deep South.

The Realities of American Courts and My Cousin Vinny

Miraculously, there are many aspects demonstrated in the movie showing us all how the legal system works in many American towns, especially when dealing with criminal law. This is fitting, as Pesci an older, newly minted attorney in another jurisdiction is clueless, and not even a criminal attorney by practice. But family is family and Pesci is the champion. In what the appears to be a “kangaroo court” in a Southern town that doesn’t like carpetbaggers Pesci is brought in as a last ditch effort by his cousin and friend to help them escape a false murder charge.

The Legal Secretary Wins the Day

Pesci’s fish out of water routine holds a lot of water. Faced with a hostile court and jury, he is forced to improvise with very limited materials. He is isolated from his office and much data in Alabama and has to lean heavily on his girlfriend Mona Lisa Vito, played by Marissa Tomei. And she is best supporting actress here, as any legal secretary with skills would be in a case like this one presented.

The Girlfriend/Legal Secretary Skill Set is Probably More True than Not

Now, when I say girlfriend/legal secretary, I am not necessarily implying that legal secretaries are always females, or that all of them are in office romances with lawyers. What I will say is that I married my legal secretary.

That being said, I have seen legal secretaries fall on the sword time and time again in declarations seeking relief in support of CCP Sec 473 motions. We don’t hear too often of the many triumphs and victories legal assistants pull off, sometimes daily. It was high time, perhaps unintentionally, that we saw how a smart assistant could make any cave man with a bar card appear to be a genius. Pesci’s character, Vincent “Vinny” Gambino has to use a variety of legal actions to prevent his cousin and friend from being convicted by what he sees as a kangaroo court. His legal assistant saves the day on many occasions, propping up the defense.

Judge Herman Munster?

For those of you as old as me to remember Herman Munster, you get the joke, for those who don’t, look it up. Vinny makes several errors during his time in court, including infuriating Judge Haller, played by Fred Gwynne aka “Herman.”

At one point he is held in contempt of court and spends a night in jail. He also has to quickly review criminal law to keep up with the District Attorney’s case against the Defendants.

Despite what seems like an open and shut case against the young men, Vinny is able to use his personality and skills to get the most out of the situation. He is able to effectively cross-examine witnesses to build upon doubts regarding timing and testimony. He famously questions the timing of the shooting by asking about the time it takes to make grits. He is also able to cast aspersions on one eyewitness’s claims due to their bad eyesight.

The ending of the film is quite famous, as Pesci is able to deftly lie to the judge just long enough for the trial to conclude. His girlfriend is able to explain that the tire pattern of a Buick Skylark was similar but not the same as the killer’s vehicle. This key piece of evidence causes the DA’s case to fall apart and frees the Defendants.

My Cousin Vinny goes beyond just being a good comedy film. Despite being on TBS what seems every single week, it is also shown in Prelaw and Law programs across the country. The detail taken to show proper court procedure and cross-examination is second to none. Unlike many serious dramas, this movie both accurately displays and makes easy to understand day to day functions in the courtroom. Next time you’re sitting on the couch with some popcorn and the movie comes on, watch it extra closely this time. You might learn something.

Legal Movies With a Twist | Saul Goodman and Breaking Bad

Run over by a Bentley?

A death can occur just by walking down Rodeo Drive and getting run over by a Rolls or Bentley.

Bob Odenkirk’s character Saul Goodman is now very well known for his role in AMC’s hit shows Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul (Read more here.) His portrayal seems to play into many of the best and worst aspects of what an attorney can be. We’re going to take a closer look at Goodman’s character and other famous television shows and movies and determine how best these fictional attorneys act. By comparing these characters to the real life practice of the law we can determine more about how an attorney can and should act to help their clients.

The Law Practice Itself

Saul Goodman’s practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico looks like a somewhat conventional one:

  • Tucked into a strip mall;
  • It is a simple office space with a waiting room chock full of injury victims.

Goodman is introduced after Jesse Pinkman’s associate, Badger, needed an attorney to assist getting out of a charge of selling methamphetamines.

In the words of Pinkman:

“Sometimes you need a criminal lawyer. Sometimes you need a criminal lawyer.”

A Slimy, Loyal Legal Representative?

Goodman’s character is seem as largely slimy but loyal to his clients. He keeps information in confidence for both Walter and Jesse even when the police and cartels are on their backs. He gives them advice that consistently keeps them out of jail and assists Jesse in hearings with the police.

He also offered both of them the opportunity to get out of New Mexico when it appeared that they could be killed. Goodman also served as Skylar White’s attorney during the divorce process and assists her and Walter in buying the car wash that he used to work at.

Skill and Humor

Goodman’s character was a mix of skill and humor. There were also multiple instances when he had to bluff his way out of issues, all to the tune of thousands of client doctors. He does violate the law many times, and is able to keep the police away from his clients. Jesse’s statement about a criminal lawyer was more accurate than he could have ever known.

  • Lying as a Humorous Art

Now, there are also many negative roles that Goodman takes as well. He constantly changes his commission price and is caught multiple time lying to his clients. He also tampers with evidence and is generally very fearful of cartel violence. At the end, he agrees to flee New Mexico when it appears that things are nearing its end.

Goodman’s character, including his wit and humor appeared to be just about the perfect attorney for Jesse and Walter in the series. Whether or not we would hire the same attorney for a traffic ticket or an injury claim– I’m not as sure. He does seem to win quite a lot for his clients and always makes time– even when he is in hiding. He might not be the type of person I’d hire in regular conditions but if he were an ambulance chaser, he’d be quite a pro, and he sure made AMC’s series successful.

The Hidden and Rising Costs of Truck Accidents

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Trucks are a needed part of our modern society. Large trucks, including semis, eighteen wheelers, and others bring the most important resources for the economy to function to the most remote part of the country. This is especially the case with the thousands of miles of roads supporting thirty million Californians. Truck traffic is a constant reality, especially on the many freeways of the state.

As Passenger Car Wrecks Go Down, Big Rig Truck Accidents Go Up?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show a bleak trend. While many of the statistics show fatalities going down across the board, there is a different trend going on involving trucks. As a matter of fact, fatalities including trucks actually increased from 2009 to 2013. Between these years the rate of fatality increased 17 percent. In fact, there were almost four thousand deaths in 2013, including almost six hundred people in the truck cabs.

Actions That Can Help Reduce Bad Wrecks

There are many actions that could be taken in order to reduce the number of fatalities on the road. Even with improvements in safety equipment, these are sometimes ignored by the large trucking companies because these regulations are crushing and make it impossible to turn a profit. In addition, there have been cases of drivers not having CDLs or other necessary training, which is increasing as a whole generation of truckers leave the industry being replaced by greenhorns.

  • Fatalities for Truckers at a Six Year High

These dangers affect both commuters on the road and the truck drivers themselves. Truckinginfo reported recently that fatalities among truckers has reached a six year high. There has also been a push within the industry to increase the number of hours allowed for drivers to undertake– up to as high as 82.

Some leftists who have never owned or operated a business argue that inaction by the federal government to mandate higher safety standards also costs lives. Those who believe in personal responsibility and free markets believe that regulations and compliance costs actually lead to cooking the books, hiring illegal aliens to drive, using the trailer brakes stop the vehicle, tire carving and other things that increase the likelihood of accidents.

Historic Over-regulation Shows More and Not Less Prime Mover Accidents

When the number of truck fatalities should be decreasing, this vital period of historic and massive regulation has seen an increase. This should be completely unacceptable to every person on the road, especially those being asked to drive these big rigs. At the end of the day, we already have negligence laws in place forcing all human beings to act reasonable. Common sense dictates that We the People abide by our social contract and that we deport illegals and others who do not.

In the meantime, consumers must be aware of their surroundings and avoid areas that big trucks frequent. For more information or to speak to an expert in trucking accident, call Ehline Law today. Our attorneys have been second to none in determining the cause of these accidents and attempting to prevent them.

Your Choice in a Personal Injury Attorney has a Cascading Effect

Good, Bad or Ugly?

Nice or not? Big red dice with options.

When you or a loved one is injured in an accident you want and deserve only the finest in medical and legal attention. You wouldn’t leave your care to the worst doctor in your city if you had any say in it, so why do the same when finding an attorney to represent you. The choice of a lawyer can have many cascading effects and be one of the most important decisions in a lifetime after a severe accident.

Is There a Silver Bullet in Discovering a Great Personal Injury Attorney?

When you are looking for the best attorney, there are often telltale signs regarding their efficacy. Often a reputation is built around their own ability to look out for their clients. This can represent itself in many ways, including reviews online regarding former clients’ experiences with such a firm. There is no silver bullet in finding the exact right attorney for your exact situation, but there are often some common factors that can stand out.

  • The Guy on the Bus and Park Bench – Should that Sell Me?

Don’t just go by the faces on the side of a bus or on the back of the phone book. There are many factors to consider when choosing an attorney. Make sure to choose one that is specialized in the field that you are dealing with. A personal injury attorney with a specialization in auto accidents or workplace injuries can be a great place to start.

When reviewing a potential attorney’s website, social media presence, and reviews, you should weigh some factors heavily. These can include:

  • Accessibility and Communication: How well does this firm rank for giving their clients the time needed to handle their case properly. Are they quick and forthcoming, always ready with the information needed just when needed or are they always behind the eight ball and late in their reactions?
  • Keeping Promises: This can be one of the most common praises or complaints for clients. Does the attorney or firm keep their promises? Does the firm have a reputation for promising the world and delivering almost nothing? Have the clients of this firm been satisfied with the expectations managed by their attorney?
  • Their Results in Court: Does their ad match their ability? When looking at their past cases, have they come through for their clients? Is there a list of high-profile victories on their site? In reviews, are there indications of large settlements, especially those that can adequately cover the cost of severe injury or death?

All of these and more should go into your decision of which attorney would be best for you and your family’s future. Ehline Law’s experience is specialized and there’s a reason we rank among the top Southern California attorneys out there. Contact us for more information.

A Specialized Attorney is Needed for Motorcycle Accidents

Hurt or wounded in a motorcycle traffic collision?

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A motorcycle accident can lead to life-threatening injuries and trauma. The effects of such an accident can stay with the rider for life, especially if it also caused the injury of a family member or loved one. When trying to pick up the pieces after such a crash, there are many moving parts involved. It is important to choose the doctor and attorney that can best help you put these together again.

A “Motorcycle Accident Specialist” – What is That?

When a patient has a broken bone or head trauma, they often go to the specialist, and with good reason. Going to a physician out of their training and experience can lead to very negative results, especially when dealing with a specific trauma. The concept is very similar when dealing with motorcycle accidents. Making sure that the attorney that you hire is one specialized in motorcycle crashes can be as important as your choice in doctor.


Not All Motorcycle Lawyers are the Same

Not all attorneys are the same. Choosing an attorney with no experience with cycle claims can make a very negative difference. An attorney better suited for real estate or divorce law should not be handling your case. The attorney that closed your mortgage should not be representing such a case in court on your behalf. Instead, attorneys that have successfully handled such cases before, armed with the right knowledge of case precedent and recent statistics can be your best bet.

Below you can find some reasons why specialization is so important.

  • Remembering the Anti-Motorcyclist Bias: While this is not the case in every courtroom across the state of California, many times there is an unconscious or unspoken bias against motorcycle riders. An attorney used to such a stereotype can work effectively to counteract it (Learn more about biased police here.)
  • Specialization with Motorcycle Injuries: Such an attorney is also well apprised of dealing with many common motorcycle crash injuries. These can include road rash, broken and fractured bones, paralysis and lacerations. They can help refer you to the correct doctors and in some cases, front the money need for treatment.

There are many factors to consider when hiring an attorney after a chopper crash. A firm like Ehline Law’s experience can be invaluable in getting your life back together, you back on your feet, and on the open road once again.