Boxers, and many professional athletes, sign up for instances where head trauma may occur. The rest of us...not so much! Depending on the seriousness of the trauma, even in sports, most of following quick tips are used where head trauma has occurred:
"There are times when there are too few words left to heal us,
when what we wish for is to be carried,
when all we have left is the hope that tomorrow will be a more gentle place to land than today." - author unknown
Our thoughts and prayers are with those hurt and impacted by the unfortunate Ohio State events.
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday festivities. Here are six holiday hazards, that frequently require hospital visits, we hope you will avoid:
In Kansas City, and across the nation, the impact of brain injury and trauma is becoming more clear. A traumatic brain injury can range from mild to severe. A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can be caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head or a penetrating head injury that impacts the normal function of the brain.There are ways to prevent (or a least minimize the damage from) traumatic brain injury.
SEAT BELT USE - Seat belt use is a quick and easy way to prevent trauma. Drivers and passengers alike should make use of this precautionary measure. Those transporting children must ensure they too are protected, through:
WEAR HELMETS - Helmets are conveniently placed nearby activities/equipment where you should be wearing one. That's no coincidence. If you are participating in any of the following activities, you can prevent traumatic brain injury when you wear a helmet:
Let's just put this instruction out there right away: If you had a pre-existing injury, and have suffered injury in a Kansas City accident, DISCLOSE IT, right away, to your treating doctor and your attorney. Here's why:
Surely you have seen the commercials, and read the blogs, that instruct you not to speak to the car insurance company before speaking to a Kansas City attorney. This may leave you wondering what to say, since at the very minimum you have to notify them of your accident. We advise our clients to only state the basics, as follows:
Attorney T. Morton, and her team, are available for free consultations and to help you through the claims process. Call us today at 913.602.7288 or complete the is FORM.
Following your accident there are a number of reasons you may need the report from your Kansas City car accident. Those reasons range from needing the report to file a claim for compensation with your insurance agency to needing it for filing a personal injury complaint. If you didn't get the report at the car accident site, and the crash was handled by the Kansas Highway Patrol, here are our tips for getting it after the fact:
If the accident occurred after May 2013 you can request the report HERE. For reports before May 2013 you will request the report in writing from the Kansas Highway Patrol General Headquarters Records office (708 SW Jackson, Topeka, KS 66603). If you prefer to make a request in person, you may make the request at the headquarters address noted above.
For the most part, requesting your report through other law enforcement offices is the same as those mentioned above. If your accident was handled by another entity (such as the local police) you will make your crash report request directly from it. Here are few agencies you might use:
In Kansas city, being in a car accident, and injured, by a driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol happens far too frequently. There are specific laws against driving under the influence (a.k.a. drunk driving or high driving) intended to keep us all safe on the road. Unfortunately not everyone follows the law. Here are 7 quick tips for you, if you are involved in a car accident where you suspect the at-fault driver to be drunk or high:
In Kansas City, hundreds of people, and families, file for bankruptcy each year. One of the leading causes of bankruptcy is medical bills. The costs related to your personal injury could put you in dire financial straits. Attempting to face the insurance company (yours and the at-fault party's) can quickly become a battle lost. You need a qualified attorney on your side to get you the compensation you deserve. You shouldn't have to face bankruptcy because of the injury someone else caused you. Here is some information that may be helpful if you already have filed bankruptcy, or later need to:
What if I do need to file bankruptcy?
If you need to file bankruptcy, and you have a pending personal injury claim, you must DISCLOSE it. Your personal injury claim is considered an asset, like your car or horse, and will be considered part of your bankruptcy estate. Failing to disclose this asset (even though it has not yet been recovered) could mean the loss in the financial recovery that would have been otherwise exempt. Some possible exemptions include: wrongful death claims, worker's compensation claims and loss of future earnings claims. Although, in the end, the matter may be exempt, you must disclose the information in your schedules.
Not only could failing to disclose the claim mean that your recovery is paid to your creditors, it could also mean potential criminal action against you.
What if I filed for bankruptcy before my injury?
Usually the date of the injury (or when the claim arose), not the date of the recovery, is used to determine if the claim is part of your bankruptcy estate. If your bankruptcy is still an open matter, and you were injured, (even if you will not recover until after the bankruptcy matter ends), you must disclose the personal injury claim to your bankruptcy trustee. As noted above, failing to disclose this could mean the loss of your award/settlement and potential criminal charges.
What if I am injured and then recover, after my bankruptcy matter has been settled?
That depends on the type of bankruptcy you filed. Chapter 7 bankruptcy will allow you to keep your recovery. In a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, you must disclose it, and the trustee may require you to increase your payments to your creditors.
If you are injured, and have a pending bankruptcy or later need to file, Attorney T. Morton, and her team, have relationships with bankruptcy attorneys in Kansas City who can offer you guidance. Call us today at 913.602.7288 or complete this FORM.
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