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Never Underestimate the Severity of a Neck Injury

April 29, 2010

Neck injuries may turn out to be more severe than they appear at first blush. They have the potential to develop into permanent paralysis.

Statistically speaking, spinal cord injuries seriously disable over eleven thousand people yearly in the US. Many times the initial injury progresses to permanent paralysis. “It appears from the numbers that those between the ages of 16 to 30 are in the high risk category to suffer this type of an injury, with the highest number of victims being male,” recounted Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation, Southfield, Michigan.

If the lower part of the body is paralyzed, the term used in medical diagnosis is paraplegia. There are other progressive degrees of injury that may disable the whole body, including legs and arms.

“Quadriplegia, also known as tetraplegia, happens when a spinal cord injury is above the first thoracic vertebra. Paralysis in a case like this usually affects all four limbs. Abdominal and chest muscles are also affected resulting in weakened breathing and the inability to properly cough and clear the chest,” explained Monroe.

Paraplegia happens when the injury occurs below the first thoracic spinal nerve. The degree a person is paralyzed may range from impairment of leg movement, to complete paralysis of the legs and abdomen up to the nipple line. Paraplegics can usually use their arms and hands.

Many neck injuries sustained during a car crash, motorcycle crash, bus crash or other personal injury accidents have the potential to become life-altering injuries – in other words, permanent. “Those who play contact sports are familiar with this risk as well. The difficulty is that sometimes neck injuries don’t seem that bad, until later,” Monroe added. The most famous example of this the story of Duane Morrow, a rugby player who suffered a neck injury that caused him pain in the shoulders and neck.

“He seemed to be fine until the next day when he lost feeling in his legs and then from his chest down. He had a series of surgeries and experimented with other developing technology, and as a result of these new techniques, he may be able to live an almost normal life,” said Monroe.

The long and short of it is that neck injuries should never by downplayed or overlooked as the results could be catastrophic. If you have any questions about catastrophic injuries, have suffered such an injury or need to know what your rights are in cases like this, contact a skilled lawyer to discuss these issues. If you do file a lawsuit, depending on the nature of your injuries and how they happened, you may also want to check into the possibility of litigation funding.

Lawsuit funding would help anyone with severe injuries like this cope with their financial burdens while they are waiting for a court verdict or a settlement. It only takes one phone call to get all the information needed for a lawsuit cash advance that may come in handy, just when it is needed.

To learn more about lawsuit funding and litigation funding, visit Litigationfundingcorp.com.

Gross Police Misconduct Costs $25 Million

April 28, 2010

You may remember this case; it made worldwide headlines when the incident leading to the litigation occurred. A 22-year old man was shot and killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) officer. It began innocently enough; although several young men were celebrating New Year’s and began to become rowdy on the train. This drew the attention of the Transit police, who pulled them off the train after getting reports of a fight on board.

The young man and his friends were told to sit on the train station platform and were asked a series of questions by the police. Just down the platform, someone was videotaping the entire event. At the subsequent, wrongful death, police misconduct trial, the jury saw the video. It provided graphic evidence showing one of the Transit police putting the 22-year old man into a face down prone position, effectively pinning him to the ground. While he was on the ground and not resisting, another Transit officer stood over him and shot him in the back. Although the man was taken to hospital, he died seven hours later as a result of his wounds.

Eyewitnesses indicated the man was cooperating with the police, that he did not have a weapon, that he repeatedly asked his friends to cooperate with the police and asked officers, over and over, not to hurt him because he had a four year old daughter at home. The devastated family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the BART agency and the officer who shot the young man.

This family waited long and hard for justice. During that time they still had to pay all their bills and other the incidentals that come with daily living. They were faced with enormous medical expenses on behalf of their son while he was in hospital, the funeral and burial expenses. Who would care for his daughter and the expenses related to taking over her care?

Maybe the family made use of a service known as lawsuit funding; a lawsuit cash advance would have allowed them to wait for a just verdict in their son’s wrongful death case. Litigation funding is all about helping people to immediately pay their bills and expenses without having to settle their case for chump change to do so. The infusion of a lawsuit cash advance takes an enormous burden off victims’ shoulders.

Legal finance services are easy to apply for; their is no credit check and you do not need to be employed. And, repayment of legal funding is contingent upon your recovery; if you lose your case, you do not have to pay the money back. It may just be what you need to get the justice you and your family deserve.

Traumatic Brain Injury: A Silent Menace

April 26, 2010

Every year at least 1.4 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Unfortunately, almost 50,000 people die as a result of their injuries. Most often injuries like this occur from of a blow or impact to the head; most often from an automobile accident. It may surprise you to discover that many brain injuries result from medical malpractice. A TBI may result when a doctor provides substandard care to the patient. This is a form of negligence and may come in many forms. A misdiagnoses or non- diagnoses of a condition, improperly administered anesthesia, a surgical accident (a slip of the scalpel while working on the brain) or some interruption of blood flow to the brain are just a few examples. Anytime someone has a brain injury, the consequences are always serious and in many instances, life-altering.

In any case that involves head trauma, aneurysms or brain tumors, severe brain injury or death may be the end result if the condition is left untreated. Injuries of this nature have devastating consequences for those who have been hurt, and affect many areas of their lives. Victims may be dealing with speech impediments, paralysis, chronic pain, seizures, depression and astronomical medical bills. In addition, brain injuries impact on the whole family.

If the TBI was caused by an auto accident, slip and fall, or medical malpractice, a personal injury lawsuit is often filed by the victim/plaintiff; personal injury litigation takes a long time to resolve and TBI are often disabled as the result of their injuries. These litigants and their attorneys may be interested to know that they may be able to access lawsuit funding during the course of their litigation, to assist them, financially. Litigation funding is money given in the form of a lawsuit cash advance against the future settlement or verdict expected, or predicted by your attorney. The victim may use this lawsuit cash advance to pay mortgage payments, car payments and other important bills and expenses. They can also pay for medical or physical therapy treatments while they await settlement. And lawsuit financing is contingent upon recovery; if you lose your case you do not have to repay the money. The application process is simple; you can apply for free by phone or on the internet. Legal finance might make a huge difference in the bottom line in your case.

Airplane Suicide Prompts Wrongful Death Lawsuit

April 24, 2010

There has been a wrongful death suit filed in the airplane suicide IRS crash. The victim’s family has filed the suit.

The family of the man killed in the IRS plane crash in Texas has chosen to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the estate of the pilot, Joseph Stack. Stack made worldwide headlines when he flew his plane into a building of IRS offices in February 2010. Killed in the crash were Stack and Vernon Hunter, who were inside the building at the time.

“When the lawsuit was filed, there was a request for a restraining order to keep Hunter’s autopsy results private. Ultimately, the Hunter lawsuit was filed to prevent a public release of the autopsy report, as the family prefers not to let the public know the graphic details of his death. It appears they could not get a temporary restraining order without filing the lawsuit,” indicated Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation, Southfield, Michigan.

In somewhat unusual circumstances, the deceased’s wife, Stacy Stack, is being considered a victim just as much as the Hunter family. It seems the motivation behind the lawsuit is not money, which is also an unusual twist to this case.

“Nonetheless, the suit will go forward, as there is some debate over whether or not Mrs. Stack could not have foreseen something drastic would come of her husband’s actions. Police records show that Mrs. Stack was frightened enough of her husband the night before the plane suicide to leave her home with her daughter and stay overnight in a hotel. The lawsuit states Mrs. Stack had a duty to avoid a foreseeable risk of injury to others…based on the actions of her husband the night before the crash,” said Monroe.

Aside from being a very different case, this one will take a while to be tried. In the meantime, the Hunter family is trying to cope with the loss of their husband, father and son. “It will be a struggle for them to find the financial resources to continue and they may not know how they are going to be able to keep going and pay the bills. They may be interested in finding out more information about litigation funding; money for which they may apply in order to pay their bills now, and be able to wait for a just verdict,” outlined Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation, Southfield, Michigan.

Lawsuit funding is just one phone call away in most instances and will arrive very quickly. “Those who receive a lawsuit cash advance may do what they want with it, but most plaintiffs who receive litigation funding pay for medical expenses, funeral expenses and other important items such as their mortgage payments and car loans,” Monroe added.

To learn more about lawsuit funding and litigation funding, visit Litigationfundingcorp.com.

Back & Neck Injuries Are Often Serious & Disabling

April 23, 2010

Many doctor visits involve back and neck injuries. This is not surprising when you consider that the spine is loaded with nerves. Any damage to the spine or neck may result in anything from chronic pain to paralysis to death. More often than not, the most serious neck and back injuries are sustained in auto accidents, sports or slip and fall cases.

If you have injured your back or neck due to someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to apply for compensation for your injuries, wage loss, medical and therapy expenses, and for pain and suffering. Injuries you may have sustained include whiplash, compression fractures, sciatica, slipped/herniated discs, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries.

Many of these injuries have impact in more than just a physical manner; injuries can also cause mental, emotional and financial damage to someone’s life. Seriously injured people may face enormous medical bills, chronic pain or paralysis, depression, lost wages and job loss or loss of self-esteem. Their life may never be the same after a serious injury accident.

In cases like this, the plaintiff/victim might be interested in knowing about litigation funding. This valuable service is also known as lawsuit funding and comes in the form of a lawsuit cash advance on your expected settlement. This permits you, the accident victim, to wait for justice rather than take a lower than full value settlement. The application is simple and free, and, if you are approved, you will receive your legal finance check or wire in 48 hours or less. If you lose the case, you don’t have to repay the money. A pre-settlement advance might be just what you need; it’s worth checking into.

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Permanent Brain Injury for Football Player Ignored by Coach

April 22, 2010

A high school football player sustained a traumatic brain injury, changing his whole life forever. The football coach ignored signs of his concussion.

There comes a time when winning a game at any cost is not a good attitude to have, particularly if one of the players is showing signs of a concussion and complaining of headaches after being tackled on the field. “In this case, the young football player who was in trouble told his coach he wasn’t feeling well. The coach ignored him and ordered him to play anyway. As a result of that order, Demond Hunt, Jr. suffered a permanent, stroke-causing traumatic brain injury,” outlined Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation, Southfield, Michigan.

Hunt’s mother, Shanai McLorn, filed a personal injury lawsuit on behalf of her son. “The suits outlines that the coach recklessly endangered the football players by pushing them to play even when they were injured – that he had his team do contact drills without the required safety equipment, ragged on them for complaining of injuries, egged on players with head trauma to keep playing, and in general kept ridiculing the team as a whole,” added Monroe.

Thanks to the attitude of the coach, the players who did sustain injuries were afraid to report them to the coach and even if they did, the coach never passed the information on to the parents. In this case, Hunt had suffered a broken collarbone and the coach demanded he tackle another player, but not use any protective equipment. The end result of that fiasco was another player got a broken neck.

“On the day that Hunt was taken to hospital during a game, he had a stroke and companion seizures due to a blood vessel bursting in his brain,” said Monroe. It was discovered later that his helmet didn’t have a properly inflated lining designed to protect a player’s head.

This personal injury lawsuit will likely take awhile to get to court and when it does, one of the biggest issues facing the jury will be the compensation to be awarded to the young player’s family. Hunt’s life was turned upside down by sustaining life-altering injuries, thanks to the negligence of another person.

In cases like this, the McLorn family would be good candidates for litigation funding. Lawsuit financing helps families like this deal with their current and future bills while they wait for justice. “There will be the usual expenses everyone has in their daily lives and the extraordinary ones that will come with trying to care for their son. None of this will be easy for them which is why making inquiries into obtaining a lawsuit cash advance may be their best option,” commented Daren Monroe, Litigation Funding Corporation, Southfield, Michigan.

To learn more about lawsuit funding and litigation funding, visit Litigationfundingcorp.com.

Platform Collapses; Wisconsin Workers Fall 30 Feet

Construction accidents, unfortunately, are fairly common, more common than most safety advocates would like. For example, this accident happened in Wisconsin, and involved two workers who fell 30 feet after the platform they were on, held up by a forklift, collapsed.

The two workers were father and son. When rescue workers arrived on the scene, the son had to be extricated out from under a pallet of shingles. The father had succeeded in jumping from the falling platform and sustained injuries consistent with jumping from that height. EMS crews took the son to a trauma center for treatment and the father to a local hospital for assistance.

The initial investigation of this accident scene indicated that the weight of the platform and the uneven ground, may have caused the forklift to collapse. There are many other questions investigators will want answers to: Who was driving the forklift? Was the load over recommended weight? Why were they loading a forklift on uneven ground? Why were the men on platform supported only by a forklift?

Father and son may wish to speak to a personal injury and, certainly, a workers compensation attorney, to find out where they stand in regards to their rights to recover compensation for their injuries. The attorney will need to know all the details of the accident and will also want to see the final accident report. An experienced attorney will evaluate the situation, tell the workers if they have a case (and what kind, workers compensation, personal injury, or both) and whether a settlement could be negotiated.

While they are waiting for their attorney to achieve justice for them, the injured workers may want to check out whether litigation funding is available to them. A lawsuit cash advance, if they qualify, would help both of them pay their medical bills and other important expenses while they await settlement, administrative award or jury verdict. Lawsuit funding is fast cash that usually arrives within 24-48 hours. The application process is simple and can be done by phone or on the internet.

Legal finance can be used as a plaintiff desires, but common sense suggests that it be used for serious need: Perhaps you are behind on your mortgage, car payment or tuition. Perhaps you need money for necessary and immediate medical treatment. We do not look at job or credit status we are only interested in the quality of your case. And, if you lose your case, you do not have to repay the money. This is no-risk, pre-settlement funding.

Moving Equipment at Florida Construction Site Proves Deadly to Worker

April 21, 2010

Construction work sites can be deadly thanks to all the dangerous moving equipment. This case involved a highway construction worker who was hit by a dump truck while working.

A Florida construction employee was standing behind a dump truck being driven by his workmate when the fatal accident happened. The 64-year old highway construction worker was part of a crew working to timely finish turnpike construction. They were working at 3 a.m. when a dump truck driver, backed up, right over the unfortunate worker.

Police and EMS were called to the scene, but the injured worker could not be revived. A full investigation has yet to be completed and the police will be searching for some answers to a few loose ends.

They will want to know if the “backing-up” alarm was working, if it was loud enough, muffled, or otherwise faulty, whether the driver safety checked his mirrors or looked behind the truck before backing up. Was he drinking or under the influence of another substance? These will be important issues and the answers will determine whether the family can pursue anything other than workers’ compensation benefits.

Certainly, there are workers’ compensation issues in this case, and the family will be entitled to benefits. In addition, depending upon whether the dump truck driver was negligent and whether or not he was a co-employee, the victim’s family will want to discuss all pending legal issues with an experience, skilled, personal injury lawyer. They will need to know what their rights are, whether they can file a wrongful death lawsuit and what they may expect as the case proceeds.

Somewhere along the way, they might also want to investigate whether they qualify for litigation funding. This lawsuit cash advance would mean the family could pay their pressing bills right away and be able to wait for a fair verdict or equitable settlement. Some call it “pre-settlement funding“, others, incorrectly call it a “lawsuit loan“. Whatever you call it, it will tide your family over during some tough financial times.

Not sure you want to accept legal finance assistance? Consider this; there are no up-front fees, no monthly payments to make. You may use the money for any necessary purpose. Furthermore, the money does not have to be repaid until you settle or win your case and your attorney receives your lawsuit proceeds.

There is no risk involved, because if you lose your case, you don’t have to repay the money. You only repay a lawsuit cash advance if you win or settle your case. No bank will ever offer to do that for you. You can apply by phone or on the internet, and have cash in your hands within 24-48 hours. Help is here when you need it most.

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School Bus-Automobile Collision Injures 3

April 20, 2010

It was a clear and crisp day in Kentucky when a school bus and a car met head-on. The bus was carrying kids from two elementary schools and headed south on the highway when a northbound car lost control when it hit a patch of ice. It spun out, veered over the median and smacked head-on into the bus.

Three kids on the bus were badly injured and taken to the nearest children’s hospital by EMS crews for medical assistance. The others were transferred to another school bus and returned to their schools. Police on the scene were trying to figure out the exact cause of this accident. The roads were slippery, but drivers, when faced with poor road conditions, should be slowing down and driving with care.
There are unanswered questions here; they revolve around how fast the car was going, whether the driver was paying attention to the roads, and if not, why not? Was the driver too busy doing something else, inexperienced or on a cell phone? When the police get answers, it will determine what kind of citation may be handed out.

Depending on how serious the children’s injuries were, their families might want to talk to a personal injury lawyer about filing a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation for their medical bills etc. It never hurts to seek professional advice in cases like this.

If they retain and attorney and pursue personal injury litigation, they will discover that cases like this tend to take a while to be settled or have a verdict handed down. This might mean the families may want to also consider litigation funding to tide them over. Also known as lawsuit funding or a lawsuit cash advance, this type of funding has helped thousands of people pay their immediate bills and provide money to deal with current expenses.

Legal finance services will, very simply, allow the plaintiff(s) wait until they get justice, rather than have to take any offer thrown their way because they desperately need the money. There is no point in letting the insurance company keep your money. Good people utilize lawsuit funding when they are in a bad place and need help paying bills until their lawsuit resolves.

Tractor-Trailer Meets Small SUV-Head On-Death is the Result

April 19, 2010

Anytime a vehicle tangles with a tractor-trailer, someone gets seriously hurt or killed.

This case involves a small SUV and a tractor-trailer meeting head-on. Predictably, the crash killed the man driving a Honda CRV. The driver, 70 year old Darryl Rice was traveling south on the highway when for some reason he suddenly veered left of the center line and collided with the northbound 18-wheeler. The trucker, Rolado Stroud, was driving the 1997 Freightliner.

A coroner attended the scene and pronounced Rice dead. He had been wearing a seat belt and so had the truck driver, who was uninjured. While emergency crews were cleaning up the automobile accident scene, the police started asking questions about why the accident had happened in the first place.

Witnesses indicated that they road conditions were fine and there was nothing in the road that would have caused Rice to veer into oncoming traffic. This would of course raise questions about the car Rice was driving and whether or not there was a mechanical failure of some kind to cause the car to swerve over the center line; something like the problem with Toyota vehicles.

Once those details are sorted out, the Rice family might want to consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation for the loss of their grandfather, father, husband and brother. Wrongful death cases are not easy to try, and they do take a long time to be resolved. In the meantime, the Rice family has been left in a bind financially.

They might want to do research into the possibility of qualifying for a lawsuit cash advance to tide them over until a settlement is reached or a verdict handed down by the courts. Lawsuit funding is specifically designed to let the plaintiff be able to pay their immediate bills and have money on hand for future expenses as they wait for their case to be dealt with and over.

Litigation funding is often a very good option for people like the Rice’s who would be between a rock and a hard place without this case funding option and may have to take pennies on the dollar for a case worth more. Lawsuit funding is usually ready to go when the plaintiff is ready to apply and may arrive in as little as 48 hours. Why worry about money when a lawsuit cash advance would ease the burden immediately? The application process is simple. The advice is free.

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